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Briefing: The Compact and Police and Crime Commissioners

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This guidance makes the case for why Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) should engage with their local Compact.

It includes information about what local Compacts are and how they can help with areas like improving outcomes of local services and managing risk. It also includes a case study exploring how local Compact partners in Gloucestershire have engaged with their PCC.

Understanding Commissioning and Procurement: A Guide for Local Compacts

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Equally relevant to voluntary sector organisations and Compact partnerships, this detailed guide includes guidance on what the commissioning cycle looks like, how and when Compact groups and voluntary organisations can engage with commissioners and what the challenges are.

It also includes a practical action list for Compact groups (or any voluntary organisations seeking to work with commissioners), and a glossary of terms.

Huntingdonshire: Creating a Compact to meet local need

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This case study examines the process of establishing a new local Compact.

Hunts Forum of Voluntary Organisations, Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC) and Compact Voice worked together to develop a local Compact for Huntingdonshire. Partners in the area wanted to create a local Compact that would be inclusive of local Town and Parish Councils and small voluntary and community groups in the area.

 

Essex: Spreading the Compact word via e-learning

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Essex Partnership Forum boasts a vibrant, active Compact. As part of their action plan, an E-Learning Tool about the Compact was launched at the Annual Essex Compact Forum AGM in May 2013. The Compact e-learning tool is an exciting new project that aims to raise awareness of the Compact and is currently being targeted to all to all Compact partners, elected council members and VCS organisations in Essex.

Local Compacts: A User Guide

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This User Guide, provides a comprehensive overview of local Compacts, covering areas such as communicating to different partners, monitoring and evaluation and renewing your Compact.

West Midlands Compact Panel: Promoting good practice locally

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The West Midlands Compact Panel has enabled the sharing of good practice about the Compact and Compact principles and helped to strengthen partnership working across the West Midlands. It is attended by both public sector and VCS representatives who have an open and honest dialogue about how best to deal with current issues and challenges.  

Gloucestershire: Influencing the Police and Crime Commissioner

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Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary and Community Action (GAVCA) worked proactively with the Gloucestershire Police Authority and Gloucestershire Constabulary to help the Voluntary and Community Sector to engage with and influence the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

A reminder won't go astray

Yesterday, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion about working with the coalition government, which had been organised by the Equality and Diversity Forum, one of Compact Voice’s board organisations. I spoke alongside representatives from Stonewall and End Violence Against Women, and we all offered different perspectives about working with the government.

Sunderland: Creating new ways to learn about the Compact

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The Sunderland Compact e-learning programme was developed over a period of several years. It was initially developed with the aim of helping staff at Sunderland City Council to better understand the role of the voluntary and community sector in the city, and to provide them with a good understanding of the Compact agreement. Since then, it has also been rolled out to VCS and other statutory sector partners.

Carlisle: Signing up to a local Compact

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Carlisle City Council wanted to sign up to the County-wide Cumbria Compact, to strengthen the good relationship they already had with the voluntary and community sector. Before they did so, the Council considered their compliance with the commitments outlined in the Cumbria Compact and identified areas for improvement by undertaking a self-assessment exercise.

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