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Briefings and guidance

This section contains a collection of briefings, guidance and publications on topics affecting the voluntary and community sector.

The Compact

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Published by Compact Voice and the Office for Civil Society in 2010, the Compact outlines key principles which establish better partnership working between national government and the voluntary and community sector. It includes five key themes and undertakings for both sectors. Read more about the Compact and its uses.

Annual Survey of Local Compacts 2014

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The 2014 annual survey of local Compacts focused on two key areas: the overall health of local Compacts, and how changes to policies and the commissioning landscape are impacting on partnerships between voluntary organisations and statutory bodies. 

Practical guide to engaging with Police and Crime Commissioners

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This guide for voluntary organisations provides practical steps to follow to develop relationships with Police and Crime Commissioners.
 
Produced in partnership with Clinks, the information in this guide is based on the experiences of a range of organisations who have established strong links with Police and Crime Commissioners. 

Practical guide to engaging with health and wellbeing boards

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This guide for voluntary organisations provides practical steps to follow to develop relationships with Health and Wellbeing Boards.

Produced in partnership with Regional Voices, the information in the guide is based on the experiences of a range of organisations who have established strong links with Health and Wellbeing Boards in their areas. 

Practical guide to engaging with clinical commissioning groups

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This guide for voluntary organisations provides practical steps to follow to develop relationships with Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

Produced in partnership with Regional Voices, the information in the guide is based on the experiences of a range of organisations who have established strong links with Clinical Commissioning Groups in their areas. It highlights a number of steps organisations can follow if they wish to build better links themselves. 

Partnership working toolkit for the voluntary sector

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This publication is a renewed version of Compact Voice's 'Local Compact: A User Guide' publication. 

It contains an array of practical, straightforward information covering everything you need to know about local cross-sector partnerships and how to make them thrive.

Labour consultation 'Renewing our Bond with the Third Sector': Compact Voice response

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Compact Voice responded to the Labour party's consultation into 'Renewing our bond with the Third Sector' in September 2014.

The key recommendations we made are outlined here, and you can download our full response here also.

Judicial review: Briefing for local Compacts and voluntary organisations

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This briefing note explains what judicial review is (and what it isn’t), how it works in practice and the main issues that voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations need to consider. 

Responding to consultations effectively: Tips for voluntary organisations

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This short guidance has been developed following discussions with representatives from a range of government departments.  

These short tips aim to help voluntary organisations to respond effectively and efficiently to any departmental consultation, ensuring that their voices – and those of their service users – are heard and listened to.

Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships: A guide for voluntary organisations

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This short briefing provides an overview of Local Enterprise Partnerships - what they are, how they work and how voluntary organisations can engage with them. 

It also highlights why it is useful for LEPs to sign up to a local Compact agreement in their area - something which is happening increasingly often.

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