Agreement puts environmental health at the heart of the public health agenda

Public Health England (PHE) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) today signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase cooperation between the two organisations.

The agreement highlights the unique and invaluable part played by the environmental health profession in reducing social inequalities, improving public health and creating fairer communities. The memorandum is a valuable tool in putting environmental health at the heart of the public health agenda.

Key aspects of the agreement include:

  • the CIEH will be recognised as an external adviser to PHE on environmental health and issues relating to the profession
  • PHE will use the CIEH as a conduit for engagement with the environmental health profession
  • PHE and the CIEH will work together to develop the environmental health workforce in local government, central agencies and with business
  • PHE will agree priority workstream engagement with the CIEH as part of their work programming

The full text of the memorandum has been published online.


Press release: First Social Care Report puts spotlight on leadership


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Children’s services in England need strong and stable leadership to bring about sustained improvement in the help, care and protection of our most vulnerable young people, Ofsted said today.

Figures published in Ofsted’s first stand-alone Social Care Annual Report show that of the 17 local authorities judged ‘inadequate’ in the past year, 11 had seen a new Director of Children’s Services recently installed while 12 had undergone another major change in senior leadership of one sort or another in the period prior to inspection.

Today’s report finds that in a climate of turbulence, increased workloads and intense scrutiny of children’s social care – much of it arising from public anxiety following a catalogue of high-profile child deaths – many areas are struggling to improve their performance.

At the end of the first full three-year cycle of inspections, only four in 10 local authorities were judged to be ‘good’ or better for safeguarding children. And there are 20 local authorities (13 per cent or one in seven) judged by Ofsted as ‘inadequate’ for their child protection arrangements at the time of their most recent inspection.

The report finds that the nationwide map of poor performance is complex and changing – with the group of authorities currently judged inadequate looking very different to that of July 2012.

However, inspectors have found that a persistent absence of stable leadership was a feature of most ‘inadequate’ local authorities. In these weakest places:

  • The most basic acceptable practice was not in place
  • Supervision, management oversight, purposeful work with families and decisive action where children were at risk from harm were ineffective
  • The views of children and families were rarely considered
  • Support from key statutory partners – health, police, schools – was weak and poorly co-ordinated; and
  • In some inadequate authorities, managers did not seem to have a firm understanding of what constituted good practice – making the management of risk and support for staff at the front-line almost impossible.
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