Department for Children, Schools and Families publishes third sector strategy

Government department commits itself to improving awareness of voluntary organisations, improving commissioning and communicating more effectively

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has published a strategy for how it will work with third sector organisations.

The document, Third Sector Strategy and Action Plan: Intention into Action, was produced in partnership with the department's third sector group.

The DCSF commits itself to improving awareness of the importance of the third sector among its partners and at a local level, improving the standard of third sector commissioning, involving the third sector in the design of services and communicating more effectively with third sector organisations.

"We want the third sector to continue to play a vital role in policy development and to be actively involved in the planning, design and delivery of local services," said Delyth Morgan, children's minister, who was chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer for nine years. "That is why we have developed this strategy, outlining how the Government will support and encourage a third sector that works for the benefit of us all."

James Cathcart, chief executive of the British Youth Council, one of the organisations on the DCSF third sector group, said the strategy lacked detail, but showed positive intent from the department.

"There's a lot of reference to synergy, and they seem to be working closely with the Office of the Third Sector, which is extremely good news," he said.

"On the other hand, other government departments deal with the third sector and with young people, but it's less obvious that there's been any consultation there."

Children and young people's charities will receive about £240m from the DCSF in 2009/10.

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