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The Influences Upon Policy Making

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P7. The Influences Upon Policy Making For this section, we had to choose a particular charity that focuses its work upon and around children. It had to be a charity that was large enough to focus upon their background information, their aims and how they meet them, about their funding and how they influence the work of the Government. As a result of this, I decided to focus upon Barnardo's. History Thomas John Barnardo was born in Dublin in 1845 and soon became one of the most famous men in Victorian Britain. When he was 16, he decided that he wanted to become a medical missionary in China and so set off for London so as he could train as a doctor. When Thomas Barnardo first arrived in London, it was a city that was struggling to cope with the major effects of the Industrial Revolution. The population had dramatically increased and this had a big impact upon the East End where there was over-crowding, unemployment, poverty, bad housing, and disease. Shortly after Thomas Barnardo had moved to London there was an outbreak of Cholera, which swept through the whole of the East End, killing more than 3,000 people. Thousands of children were sleeping rough on the streets whilst many other children were forced to beg for what they needed. All of this had a big impact upon Thomas Barnardo and led him to take action. ...read more.


Barnardo's makes sure that they can make the most of it, whatever their circumstances, background or experiences. Barnardo's Aims At Barnardo's, everything that they do - whether in the home, school or local community - is influenced by a set of principles and values, otherwise known as their aims. Such aims are as important to Barnardo's today as they were when Barnardo's was first founded in 1866. * To respect the unique worth of every person - Barnardo's believes that every person is different but equal at the same time, and that everyone's unique talent should be recognised and encouraged for exactly who they are. * To encourage people to fulfil their full potential - each and every person needs encouragement at some time in their life. Barnardo's aims to create opportunities for people to make the most of their abilities and qualities that each person holds. * To work with hope - Barnardo's hope for a better future for all children and it is this that is the source of much of their inspiration. * To exercise responsible stewardship - the commitment of all staff of Barnardo's and volunteers to making the best use of all of their resources enables them to help children, young people and their families to overcome severe disadvantage. Barnardo's is committed to providing equality of opportunity for the children, young people, families and carers with whom they all work. ...read more.


Such volunteers comprise of individuals with a lot of different experiences of running organisations, working in the voluntary sector and working with children and young people. These individuals ensure that large decisions made about the organisation are made by a body of people rather than one single individual. Also, Barnardo's and all other charities in England and Wales are subject to external inspection by the Charity Commission. The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations perform the same roles in the rest of the UK. Such statutory organisations regulate charities. They seek to ensure that charities operate within a framework that enables them to work effectively and efficiently for the purposes for which they were set up to. Each year they monitor all charities with an income of over �10,000 a year and these charities including Barnardo's are legally obliged to send all their annual accounts and a report of their activities. This encourages good management, makes charities open and accountable and allows Barnardo's to oversee their activities. Barnardo's work with children and young people are also subject to inspections by: * The National Care Standards Commission in England. This is a new government department incorporating the social services inspectorate, NHS care and local authorities. * Care Standards Inspectorate Wales * Ofsted Barnardo's accounts are also looked at by: * The Audit Commission * Health and Safety Executive * Environmental Health ...read more.

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