Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

CEOP: Children as young as 8 years old are for the first time the focus of an online safety programme being launched by the UK police organisation dedicated to tackling child sex abuse - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
 
The programme - developed & launched with BECTA - focuses on a state of the art Cybercafe where children between the ages of 8-11 years learn about different aspects of online safety at their own pace.  There is also a glossary for children to use should they need help in understanding online ‘language’.
 
It is intended that the programme can be delivered either as a stand-alone online service for children and parents at home, or through teachers in schools who can download lesson plans and other resources - all of which have been designed by teachers for teachers and are FREE.
Press release ~ Thinkuknow - 8-10 - CyberCafe ~ Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre ~ BECTA ~ Thinkuknow ~ Home Office - Child Protection
 
CRC: The Commission for Rural Communities has published its own commentary notes to help all Local Authorities seeking to rural proof their Local Area Agreements to 'think rural', when they complete their copy of the national indicator set for the performance framework for local authorities.
 
This underpins the Local Area Agreements that local authorities and their partners will now be negotiating with the Government Offices over the next few months.
Press release ~ Commentary notes ~ Local Area Agreements ~ National indicator set for the performance framework for local authorities ~ Government Offices ~ CRC
 
NICE: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published final guidance to the NHS in England & Wales on the use of bortezomib (Velcade) for the treatment of multiple myeloma.  The guidance confirms the response-rebate scheme which will allow patients at first relapse who show a full or partial response to bortezomib to carry on with the treatment, fully funded by the NHS, and patients who show no or minimal response to be taken off the drug and the drug costs refunded by the drug’s manufacturer.
 
Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said: “The scheme proposed by the manufacturer and amended by NICE will ensure that patients at first relapse, who have had one prior therapy and who have had or are unsuitable for a bone marrow transplantation will get the chance to see if the drug works well for them.  This is a win-win situation for patients and the NHS.”
Press release ~ NICE: multiple myeloma - bortezomib ~ Multiple myeloma - NHS Direct
 
ScotGov: A guide that aims to help food producers identify new business opportunities in the fast-growing field of local produce has been launched in Scotland.

The publication of the Local Food Marketing Guide is part of the Scottish Government funded ScottishAgriculturalCollege Advisory Activity programme.  The food marketing element of this programme provides information & advice relating to the marketing of food from Scottish produce.
 
The guide addresses a number of different aspects regarding local food, including alternative routes to market and marketing best practice.  It provides practical advice on marketing and case study examples prepared with assistance from businesses which have achieved success within the local food sector.
Press release ~ Local Food Marketing Guide ~ Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
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