Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides
DPTAC: Neil Betteridge, Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC), launched the revised Small Bus Specification at the Community Transport Association's Conference at Manchester's GMEX.
The revised Specification is designed to harmonise standards for buses not used on local services with those used on local services by recommending they too should be low floor. The original guidance, published in 2001, recommended separate specifications for these services.
HMCS: Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS) has developed an interactive, multilingual and animated DVD to help witnesses & victims understand their crucial role in the court process. The DVD 'Going to Court: A step by step guide to being a witness' is an easy-to-follow animation seen through the eyes of a witness. It explains why victims & witnesses are so important in the court process and what they will do while at court.
It has separate routes for prosecution & defence witnesses to follow at their own pace and witnesses can also tour a magistrates', Crown and youth court. There is a FAQs section at the end. HMCS have initially distributed around 200,000 copies of the Going to Court DVD nation wide, to Witness Care Units and defence solicitors and the court based Witness Service in England and Wales.
Press release ~ 'Going to Court: A step by step guide to being a witness' ~ Victim Support / Witness Service ~ Her Majesty's Courts Service
DCSF: Schools Minister Jim Knight has launched a new guide which will hopefully help ensure schools are safer & better protected than ever before from the risk of fires. 'Design for fire safety in schools' is intended to help school designers and fire safety officers take the right steps to ensure new school buildings give staff & pupils the highest level of protection.
He said there is now a presumption that new schools, built under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, will include sprinklers in the vast majority of cases.