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Consultation on rape and sexual offences legal guidance

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Deadline 18th January

As part of the Crown Prosecution Service’s work on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) under their five-year strategy, they made a commitment to launch a consultation on their updated rape legal guidance this autumn.

This legal guidance is an important aspect of the work of the CPS and provides support to prosecutors to make effective Code compliant decisions in RASSO cases helping to ensure the delivery of justice.

The updated legal guidance reflects the changing world and an improved understanding of the many complex issues related to rape. Many of the revisions have been informed by the expert insight of stakeholders. The revised guidance also features updated content around reasonable lines of enquiry and disclosure which aims to assist prosecutors with striking the appropriate balance between the needs of an investigation and the right to privacy.

The updated guidance continues to refer to the ‘Protocol between the police service and CPS in the investigation and prosecution of rape’. This Protocol dates back to 2015 and, as part of our work with the police under the RASSO Joint Action Plan, will be updated to reflect recent developments in practice.

You can take part in the consultation here

You can read the guidance here

Healthy Places, Healthy People – Consultation

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Deadline 23rd November

The current Hull Local Plan was adopted in November 2017. At the same time, all existing supplementary planning guidance (SPGs), which were linked to the previous local plan, expired. Since then we have prepared replacement supplementary planning documents (SPDs).

The latest draft SPD, SDP – 14 Healthy Places, Healthy People is now available on the Council’s website and comments are invited before the Council finalise the draft document. These documents can be viewed here

The purpose of this SPD is to draw out the key health issues contained in the Hull Local Plan and to provide further guidance to developers, applicants and other interested parties. This will help to ensure that locally significant health messages as set out in the Hull Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) are effectively addressed through future development proposals with resulting benefits for residents of the city. It has been developed in collaboration with the Council’s Public Heath team. It has focused on providing guidance on how to achieve better health outcomes through the application of a range of different policies in the existing Local Plan. 

Overall people are far healthier than they were in the past, but unfortunately health inequalities across population groups and localities still exist, making Hull the fourth most deprived local authority in England. Poverty and deprivation have a huge impact on Hull’s population, which is mirrored in inequalities in health and wellbeing, and this document will be part of the Council’s response help change these inequalities and collectively improve health and wellbeing outcomes. 

Representations can be made using the representation form provided on the website or comments can be made to the email address Dev.Control@hullcc.gov.uk or by post to:

Planning Services,

Hull City Council,

The Guildhall,

Alfred Gelder Street,



Comments should be received by 23rd November  2020

Caring from a distance – care home survey

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The University of Hull have recently launched a research project called ‘Caring from a Distance: using new and familiar means of keeping in touch with family and friends in care homes during COVID-19’.

This research aims to explore the experiences of families and friends of people living in care homes of staying connected and in-touch during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previous research has found that some carers experience difficulties staying in touch when their relative/friend lives in a care home. While care homes have been closed to visitors some care homes and carers will have tried new ways of staying in touch; some of these will have been successful and others less so. They hope that this research can help to demonstrate good strategies for staying in touch– both for carers and for care homes.

People can take part in the research through completing a confidential online questionnaire here

Parent/Carer Emotional Health & Wellbeing Coronavirus Survey – Autumn 2020

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As part of a current work stream being undertaken by Hull City Council’s  Early Help Department of Children, Young People and Families in Hull , to ensure there is some understanding of what issues are impacting children and young people and their parents/carers due to the Coronvirus, two short surveys have been developed.  

As the Lockdown progresses, things may have changed so they need you to keep telling them about how you feel and how it’s affecting you.   

The first survey is aimed at young people between the ages of 10 – 25. You can take part here 

The second survey, for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25, is designed to assess their needs and inform how support may be reflective of this during this unusual time. You can take part here

For more information on where you can get support if you need it go to www.howareyoufeeling.org.uk (opens in a new tab) 

Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

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Deadline extended to 23rd October

The Prime Minister has asked Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP to lead a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England. The time from conception to the age of 2 is a critical time for development and can impact physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life.

Government would like to hear from recent parents, including those who gave birth during the lockdown and public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They’d like to hear about the experiences of care and services you received.

They’d also like to hear from health service professionals, charities, volunteer groups and academics.

Your views will be used to check where progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future both locally and nationally.

For more information go to the Government website

New parents urged to have their say on available early years support via new online questionnaire

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  • New parents, healthcare staff, charities and volunteer groups encouraged to share their views on the government’s existing early years support
  • Early Years Health Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP is to lead a new review into improving health outcomes of babies and young children
  • The review will consider the barriers that impact on early years development, including social and emotional factors, and early childhood experiences

New parents are being invited to have their say on what support they need, and how it is best delivered, so that every baby is given the best start in life, no matter what their circumstances.

For more information go to the Government website

Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) Survey

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Did you utilise volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic?

The Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds are working in partnership on a project to investigate how volunteers were mobilised during this time.

As part of this programme of research, they are undertaking a survey with local authority, voluntary and community sector organisations. The aim of this survey is to understand the dynamics of volunteer supply and demand during the pandemic. 

They would be grateful if you could spend 5-10 minutes to help with this research.

You can  fill in the survey here  

The research is funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Your safety, your Fire and Rescue Service

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Deadline 11th November

On Wednesday 9 September, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service launched its public consultation on the Integrated Risk Management Plan, known as the IRMP, and the Strategic Plan. This is a third (and final) year refresh of the IRMP 2018/21 and Strategic Plan 2018/21. They explain the Service’s aims and objectives and how it assesses risk and keeps our communities, businesses and those who visit the four local authorities; Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire safe.

Please share your views, thoughts and comments about the Service and the direction it’s planning.

The online survey has five areas of questions and an opportunity to provide feedback. For more  information and to access the online consultation survey go to their website

If you require the consultation form in another format, please contact the Corporate Communication team, via 01482 565333 or by email to corporatecommunication@humbersidefire.gov.uk

The consultation runs from 12noon 9 September to 12noon 11 November 2020.

Cyber Awareness and Digital Inclusion Survey

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Covid 19 has brought into sharp focus the gap in know-how and access to technology for some people / organisations at a time when more and more is moving online.

ERVAS want to get a better understanding of what organisations are already doing to address digital inclusion and understand cyber security, whether there are gaps and what we can do to fill any gaps.

The information will be used as evidence about next steps for a coordinated response to digital and cyber needs within Hull and East Yorkshire.

Cyber Security is everyone’s business, and ERVAS want to ensure their support is reaching the people who need it the most.

You can complete the Survey here

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