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A Bill to mandate those providing and carrying out regulated or other activities with responsibility for the care of children to report known and suspected child sexual abuse; to protect mandated reporters from detriment; to create a criminal offence of failing to report prescribed concerns; and for connected purposes
Baroness Grey-Thompson has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting
Periods should never be a taboo subject. Women and girls should feel comfortable discussing their menstrual cycle, and how it affects their attitude to sport and their sporting performance.
We are determined to encourage more women and girls to get active and break down the barriers that prevent them from doing so, something we set out in our sport strategy Sporting Future. Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign was created to get more women active regardless of shape, size and ability, and aims to tackle head on the social barriers that can prevent women from feeling like they can join in. The latest phase of the campaign, launched earlier this year, addressed periods, showing a tampon string towards the end of the advert. The reaction to this in the press and in online discussion was overwhelmingly positive with a recognition that it shows the truth of women’s lives.
Sport England are also supporting the government taskforce to tackle period poverty, primarily around actions to tackle the stigma relating to women in sport, and particularly their impact on teenage participation in physical activity in schools.
In addition, we welcome the work that the English Institute of Sport is doing through their SMARTHer campaign to open up conversations amongst athletes, coaches and staff in high performance sport around athletes’ menstrual cycles in order to improve support.
Access to Work support is available for disabled people and those who have a health condition whose disability or health condition affects the way they do their job. To be eligible for Access to Work the customer must be aged 16 years or over and satisfy certain criteria. As volunteering does not satisfy all the eligibility criteria, volunteers are not eligible for Access to Work support. Where individuals are employed into paid roles, the government will assist applications to the Access to Work programme if requested.
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 Board has launched a volunteer programme called The Power Squad. This programme makes a commitment to celebrate the inclusive and diverse population of England as well as the rich history of host towns and cities.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games provides a fantastic opportunity to accelerate employment and skills opportunities for residents of the West Midlands. A comprehensive volunteering programme is due to launch in 2021, with up to 1000 roles ring-fenced for West Midlands residents and with a focus on disadvantaged groups.
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will create a number of paid employment opportunities, plus a sizeable volunteer programme of stadium and host city volunteers. These paid and voluntary roles will be open to all and will enable as many people as possible to be part of the tournament.
Defra works closely with supermarkets to ensure that people who have registered with the Government as extremely clinically vulnerable, and have indicated that they need help to access food, are supported by offering them emergency food parcels provided by the Government.
Supermarkets have been working at pace to expand the total number of delivery and click and collect slots for people in the wider non-shielded vulnerable category.
Data has been made available to supermarkets on a strictly limited and controlled basis for the purpose of helping vulnerable people; supermarkets cannot contact anyone who does not have an account with them and individuals’ data will not be passed anywhere apart from to participating supermarkets. We have written agreements in place governing the sharing, use and retention of data. This precludes the sale of data that has been shared with them, or its use in any way contrary to the purpose under which it is shared.
Gynaecology services will be included within the recovery of elective care. This will be funded by £2 billion this year and an additional £8 billion over the next three years, which could deliver the equivalent of approximately nine million more checks, scans and procedures. The delivery plan for tackling the elective care backlog will be published later this year.
We will publish the Women’s Health Strategy in due course. We are currently analysing the responses to the call for evidence which will inform the priorities, content and actions in the Strategy. Within the call for evidence, the online survey included questions on menstrual health.
The evidence gathered through the call for evidence will inform the priorities, content and actions in the new Women’s Health Strategy for England. The online survey within the call for evidence seeks information on menstrual health and gynaecological conditions, including endometriosis.
The Government has made no formal assessment of these studies, nor of the relationship between the legislation of assisted suicide and the rate of suicide in the general population.
Vaccination centres are subject to the same standards to support people with accessibility needs as all health care services. The national booking letters are sent in size 16 font as standard as defined by RNIB as large print. As well as providing an option to book online, the national booking letters also provide 119 as an option. British Sign Language (BSL) and text relay services are also available from 119. Booking information for vaccination appointments will be available in braille, audio, larger print and easy read shortly. We are currently also translating this booking information into 16 different languages.
NHS Test and Trace have a BSL video relay service for deaf and hearing-impaired people visiting a testing site, so they can receive instructions on how to take a test via a video call with a BSL interpreter, facilitated by a testing assistant. Live BSL translation is also available via 119.
Non digital users can access the service by contacting the 119 call centre and book a test at all sites across the network.
Work on both the sexual and reproductive health strategy and the women’s health strategy was paused due to COVID-19. For both, the work has now restarted. Heavy menstrual bleeding will not be covered in the Sexual and Reproductive Health strategy. However, the Government agrees that it is important for women to have access to support, including on information, diagnosis and treatment, for conditions such as heavy menstrual bleeding.
The women’s health strategy will consider priorities for women’s health and further detail regarding the strategy will be announced in due course.
The Government is committed to developing a Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which we plan to publish in 2021. Development of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy will be separate from the Women’s Health Strategy. However, Departmental officials are working closely together to ensure coherence between the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Women’s Health Strategies.
Whilst details of the scope of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy will be announced in due course, the topics considered for inclusion are broader than those that only affect women and we will be taking a whole population approach.
In 2018, Public Health England (PHE) made an Economic Analysis Estimation of the Return on Investment (ROI) for publicly funded contraception in England. This cost-benefit analysis showed a significant ROI of publicly funded contraception, £9 for every £1 invested over 10 years. PHE is developing an extension of the original ROI tool to estimate the specific ROI of post-delivery contraception provision, which will be published in spring 2021.
The Government plans to publish a sexual and reproductive health strategy in 2021. Whilst details of the scope and objectives will be announced in due course, improving access to contraception will be a key theme of the new strategy.
Vaccination centres are subject to the same standards to support people with accessibility needs as all health care services. In addition, marshals and staff will help people attending vaccination centres to navigate safely.
When sent an invitation for vaccination by letter, the public are directed to the location's individual details on accessibility. The letter also provides guidance and advice which can be enlarged on a screen, provided in accessible formats as well as provided in hard copy.
Online consultations are available in almost 6,000 practices, covering 90% of the population, an increase from about 40% of general practitioner (GP) practices in December 2019. About half a million online consultations between patients, GPs and general practice staff now happen every week, around 12 million in the last six months. Face-to-face appointments are available and routine screening services for cervical and breast cancer have re-started. Women are encouraged to attend screening appointments when invited to do so and to contact their GP if they have any unusual symptoms or concerns.
Three national evaluations are underway to evaluate the impact of online and video consultations, including assessment of the impact on people’s health.
There are currently no plans to review the current commissioning structure for women’s health services. However, the Government is committed to supporting the National Health Service and local authorities to deliver joined-up care for women across the full range of health and care services.
There are currently no plans to create women’s health hubs. The Government is committed to supporting the National Health Service and local authorities to deliver joined-up care for women across the full range of health and care services.
We have provided specific advice to the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations, including in respect of security, Chinese law and society, to ensure Team GB and Paralympics GB are as well prepared as possible for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. We wish our athletes every success and they will continue to have our full support throughout the games. Officials in Beijing stand ready to provide consular assistance if needed.
The Government’s response to the consultation on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) will be published shortly, once the views of all individuals and organisations who contributed have been carefully considered.
There were 97 sexual assaults in female establishments between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2019 and 7 of these assaults involved a transgender prisoner. Of those, 6 were assaults where a transgender individual was identified as the assailant or suspected assailant. One incident was recorded as a transgender prisoner having ‘active involvement’, which means they did not necessarily start the assault.
These figures have been drawn from the HMPPS Incident Reporting System. Care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, but the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Although the figures are shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.
All sexual assaults in prison are referred to the police and HMPPS have strong safeguards in place to manage risks to all those in custody, regardless of their gender. HMPPS has robust processes in place to care for and manage transgender individuals in custody. The safety of all those in our care is of paramount importance. All known risks, both towards or presented by a transgender person in prison, will always be taken into account in their care and management. Individuals will be cared for and managed in the gender with which they identify, regardless of their location in a male or female prison.