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Independent review of drugs: call for evidence, part 2

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Deadline 6th August 

This call for evidence is part of the information-gathering phase of part 2 of the review and Dame Carol Black encourages all interested people and organisations to share evidence, and their insights and experiences to increase understanding of challenges involved in drug treatment, prevention and recovery and opportunities for improvement. 

Dame Carol Black is particularly keen to hear the views of people using services and people in recovery. 

As well as inviting as broad a range of people as possible to respond to this call for evidence, she will be working with organisations with existing forums for people with lived experience and also with Dr Ed Day, the government’s ‘recovery champion’, who has established networks with recovery communities.  

See more information on what part 2 of the review covers in its terms of reference (opens in a new tab)  

For more information and to submit evidence go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

Government launches second phase of independent review into drug misuse

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Published 2nd July

Building on an initial phase commissioned by the Home Office, the next stage of the review will focus on treatment, recovery and prevention. The overarching aim will be to ensure that vulnerable people with substance misuse problems get the support they need to recover and turn their lives around in the community and in prison. 

The review will consider how treatment services can enable people with a drug dependency to achieve and sustain their recovery – spanning a wide range of services they may interact with across mental health, housing, employment and the criminal justice system. 

Professor Dame Carol Black has been appointed to lead the review following her initial report commissioned by the Home Office, (opens in a new tab) which looked at the challenges around drug supply and demand  

You can find the Terms of Reference here (opens in a new tab)  

You can read the call for evidence here  (opens in a new tab – deadline 6th August) 

Changes to the School Admissions Code

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Deadline 16th October

The revised code seeks to clarify and improve the school admissions process where children are admitted to school in-year, so outside of the normal admissions round. The revised code will also provide additional information and details that will support admission authorities in discharging their duties effectively.

These changes are primarily intended to support the most vulnerable children. We are not seeking views on wider changes to the admissions system and other elements of the code at this stage.

The code was last updated in 2014.

For more information and to take part go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)

Caldicott Principles: a consultation about revising, expanding and upholding the principles

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Deadline 3rd  September

The National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care (NDG) is seeking views on:

  • Proposed revisions to the seven existing Caldicott Principles
  • Proposed extension of the Caldicott Principles through the introduction of an additional principle which makes clear that patients’ and service users’ expectations must be considered and informed when confidential information is used
  • The proposal that the NDG uses her statutory power to issue guidance about organisations appointing Caldicott Guardians to uphold the Caldicott Principles

For more information and to comment go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)

Older LGBT+ People & COVID-19 – Research

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The purpose of this study is to take a ‘temperature check’ of how older LGBT+ people in the UK are impacted by COVID-19 mandatory social isolation, and to understand the coping strategies they are using to manage their situations.  The findings from this study will be used to inform organisations developing responses to support them being more inclusive and sensitive as well as to highlight any gaps or needs for specialist support services. You can find out more on the project website. (opens in a new tab)   

Please proceed with this survey if you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans+ (transgender and gender non-conforming) aged 60 and over and living in the United Kingdom. 

You can take part here (opens in a new tab) 

England Tree Strategy

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Deadline 11th September 

This consultation will inform a new England Tree Strategy which will be published later this year. The strategy will set out policy priorities to deliver our ambitious tree planting programme. It will focus on expanding, protecting and improving our woodlands, and how trees and woodlands can connect people to nature, support the economy, combat climate change and recover biodiversity. This will ensure that trees are established and managed for the many benefits they provide for people, the economy, the climate and nature itself. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) want your views on how to significantly increase tree establishment and woodland creation to support nature recovery, clean growth and the commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  

They also want your views on how they can protect existing trees and woodland, bring more woodlands into management, use them to support the economy, and engage more people with trees and woodlands. 

You can find more information on the DEFRA website (opens in a new tab) 

Healthwatch East Riding COVID-19 impact surveys 

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Healthwatch East Riding have been asked by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide independent research to understand the extent to which the local response to Covid 19 pandemic has met the needs of people with health and social care support needs.      

They have been asked to make specific lines of enquiry and have produced questionnaires for different groups.    

People may complete more than one survey if it is relevant to their circumstances, and paper copies can be provided, in large print if required by contacting Chris Mills, Community Outreach Officer:  

Tel 01482 665684, e-mail cmills@healthwatcheastridingofyorkshire.co.uk. 

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VCS Organisations


General Public


Other high risk conditions and those who have self isolated


Government to review support in the workplace for survivors of domestic abuse

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Deadline 9th September

The availability of flexible working, unplanned leave and other employment needs will be examined in a new review of how employers and government could better support domestic abuse survivors at work.  

The review, launched by Business Minister Paul Scully, will look at options to improve the workplace for survivors, including how employers can help tackle economic abuse, such as by paying wages to a different bank account or making emergency salary payments available for those in real financial hardship.  

The review aims to ensure survivors are given the support they deserve within the workplace, whether that is an outlet for reporting abuse, financial assistance or as a source of emotional support.  

It will begin with a call for written evidence from stakeholders, on the specific employment needs of domestic abuse survivors, and how they are met by current employment rights and practices.  

As part of the process, the government will explore examples of best practice from employers within the UK and evidence from other countries and how they approach domestic abuse, to see how the UK’s current employment framework could be enhanced.  

The review will also include a series of roundtables, run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Home Office (HO), with organisations and individuals who wish to share their views directly. 

For more information, and to submit a response (scroll to the bottom of the page) go to the Government website (opens in a new tab) 

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