Policy Statements and Initiatives

Ofsted:  The Chief Inspector of Ofsted recently announced plans to inspect local authority child protection and services for children who are looked after under a single, combined framework.
 
Sir Michael Wilshaw said that following discussions with local government representatives and after assessing the results of initial pilots, he had taken the decision to defer the proposed new multi-agency child protection inspections involving a number of other inspectorates, that had been planned for launch in June 2013.  

He also said Ofsted would no longer be going ahead with plans to inspect services for looked after children separately.
Press release & links
 
WAG: There will be a phased closure of the Genesis Cymru Wales 2 programme from July 2013.

 A recent internal review of the programme found that it was underperforming against recruitment, expenditure and performance targets. The review also identified ways in which support available through the Genesis programme could be integrated within other existing employability programmes.
Press release & links ~ Genesis Cymru Wales 2 programme
 
WAG: A Welsh Government programme to get jobless young people into quality employment marked its first anniversary this week with news that it has outstripped its initial job creation target by nearly 50%.  

Launched in April 2012, the Jobs Growth Wales programme funds wages for up to 6 months to allow employers take on unemployed young people with a view to offer them sustainable posts at the end of that period.
Press release & links
 
CLG: Up to 10,000 new homes for private rent will be underway by 2015, Housing Minister Mark Prisk claimed last week. The minister announced the first 45 projects to be taken forward using the £1bn Build to Rent Fund.
Press release & links
 
DfT: A new THINK! road safety initiative to encourage motorcyclists to improve their defensive riding skills has been launched. The ‘stay in control’ campaign - which has been developed with partners from the motorcycle industry - advises motorcyclists to ride defensively and seek further training to sharpen their skills.
Press release & links
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