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Inside Policy: Operation Warm Welcome

Rabia Nasimi and Daniel Steel, Afghan Resettlement Team, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

When the Afghan government collapsed in 2021, a significant cross-government effort - Operation Warm Welcome - swung into action to support refugees arriving in Britain to rebuild their lives. Two civil servants describe how they help give Afghans a voice. …

Making caring visible, valued and supported

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Two years after launching the Civil Service Carers’ Strategy, Alex Chisholm and Rebecca Sudworth, Civil Service Carers Champion and Deputy Carers Champion, provide an update on progress.      Welcome to this year’s Carers’ Week – 6 to 12 June. Across the …

Inside Policy: Helping school leaders and teachers thrive 

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With a heavy workload comes an impact on wellbeing. In recent years, teachers have consistently cited their volume of workload as the main reason for leaving their job, Katie Tyson and Amy Collins are spearheading work to tackle this issue. …

Finding policies that work

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The Evaluation Task Force has launched a £15 million fund to accelerate evaluation activity across government to improve our understanding of what works and inform better decisions. There is growing enthusiasm for improving evaluation practice across government. In a 2019, …

Supporting Civil Service colleagues through loss

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How Civil Service colleagues support each other through loss Supporting staff experiencing bereavement and loss is a key Civil Service health and wellbeing priority.  In part seven of Adam Land’s bereavement series, Charlotte Bedford talks about the Bereavement Network she …

From serving customers to serving the community

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I knew nothing about the probation service I was joining. I was merely Joe Public from a privileged existence. “What does ‘the social’ mean?” I asked colleagues who looked at me in disbelief.  Sixteen years ago, I began my employment …

How I turned a full-time job into a job-share

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Want a job share, but don’t know where to start? For those dreaming of  working part-time in a job share, the biggest challenge is often finding your professional ‘other half.’ Some simple steps in your recruitment campaign will increase your …

How DfE helped learners access education. Period.

Image of teacher Lesley Grover from Boswells School, Chelmsford

When the government launched a state scheme providing free period products in English schools and colleges, it not only helped tackle period poverty, but broke the stigma and raised awareness about menstruation. In January 2020, the Department for Education launched a …

Virtual reality: job inductions in the pandemic and beyond 

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Carrie Griffin from the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit shares how the new cross-Civil Service online induction course is shaping up. “Like so many others, I joined [the Civil Service] during the pandemic. My colleagues were very welcoming, but it …