Cornwall Licensing Policy update

February 6th, 2019 by

On January 22nd, after being proposed by the Cornwall Licensing Act Committee, Cornwall Council voted in an updated Alcohol Licensing Policy Statement. This will now be in place for the next 5 years, setting the tone for how alcohol should be sold in Cornwall.

This new policy, which can be seen in full here, embeds some important work that has been undertaken by Cornwall’s Public Health and Community Safety teams in the last 3 years.

Local Authority Public Health Departments have been a Licensing Responsible Authority since 2012, but nationally had relatively little input into Licensing cases and culture.

This gap was addressed by Public Health England (PHE) in the initial Local Alcohol Action Areas and then in their ‘Health as a Licensing Objective’ (HaLO) pilot schemes.

Cornwall was invited by PHE to participate in the 2016-17 HaLO pilot scheme, and we created a postcode responsive tool that can help to quickly assess the alcohol related risks in any given area.

 

This HaLO tool, now renamed the ‘Health Impact Licensing Tool’ (HILT) has been seen as a national example of good practice, used in PHE webinars, presented to the Local Government Association and the House of Lords Licensing Committee, and to the academic ‘United Kingdom Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies’ (UKCTAS).

The HILT tool has been used operationally to evaluate Cornwall’s Cumulative Impact Zones, and to contribute contextual evidence to a License revocation case against a premises in a violent hotspot within a Cumulative Impact Zone.

After a draft and consultation led by Julie Flower of CC Licensing team, the new Cornwall 5 year Licensing Policy Statement was voted through unopposed by full Council yesterday 22/01/19.

 

From a Public Health and Community Safety perspective, this policy:

  1. Embeds work done in the last 3 years,
  2. Puts these achievements into written policy, and
  3. Makes them a standard part of Cornwall Licensing policy and culture for the next 5 years.

This includes:

  • Public Health as a standard aspect of Licensing and alcohol retail (p6-7);
  • National guidance on responsible drinking, which can then be used to critique irresponsible drink promotions (p7);
  • The 10 Safer Towns initiative to address wider issues (p10);
  • ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ as an ongoing available flexible targeted messaging brand and campaign (p10);
  • Cumulative Impact Policies and mapping (p11 and 47);
  • The protection of children from harm (p21 and 66);
  • Public Health as a Responsible Authority (p49-51), including:
    • Alcohol Related Hospital Admissions;
    • The impact of alcohol in Cornwall;
    • HILT – The ‘Health Impact Licensing Tool’;
    • ARID – The ‘Assault Related Injuries Database’; and
    • Alcohol retail quality standards.
  • Drugs policies (p59-60), and
  • The responsibility of premises to have a supply of ‘spikies’ to raise awareness and keep customers safe (p65).

This now normalises pilot work that has been undertaken by the DAAT, Public Health, Safer Cornwall and Amethyst Community Safety Intelligence, allowing it to have long term application and impact in Licensing and Alcohol retail in Cornwall.

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Alcohol Pathways – Visit from Central Government 16th January

January 28th, 2019 by

James McGowan, Government Policy Advisor and Glasha Frank, Department of Health, Patient Flow and Access Team, who are developing national alcohol pathways came to see the work in Cornwall, which has been commended to them, and to meet the teams and commissioner responsible.The external team met with Liz Farrington, Consultant Nurse Hepatology, alongside representatives from the Alcohol Liaison Team, Addaction Hospital Outreach Team, Safeguarding leads and patients. The visit was co-ordinated by Kim Hager, Joint Commissioning Manager from the Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

Glasha Frank ‘Thanks for the thought and effort‎ that went into today. It was invaluable being able to hear and appreciate what goes into making a local initiative work, and the range of people we were able to speak to made it quite an insightful visit. Its given me quite a bit of food for thought and accounts to draw on to help build up the wider work around frequent attenders.

Hearing from ‘Patient x’ was particularly memorable.

James Magowan wrote:  ‘A massive thanks for all your time and input today, a really beneficial visit. Thanks too to Jez for the taxi work back and forth to the station! Please pass on thanks also to the Addaction team and others at the hospital for their time and input.

A fantastic opportunity to see the impact that Life Chances Fund money, alongside your own, is having for vulnerable people. I was particularly struck by the journey  the patient we met  outlined and really pleased that she will shortly be 1 year without drinking. I appreciate her journey pre-dates LCF, but it was clear from the various calls Lee needed to take that, unfortunately, there are many others who are in the position she had found herself. Please ask Addaction folk to pass on thanks to her for time and willingness to share.

Liz Farrington, who leads the hospital alcohol liaison team, said “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase true multi-agency working from acute care through to the community. We have developed significant partnerships, with particular emphasis on frequent attenders and those with co-existing drug or mental health problems, and complex physical needs such as decompensated cirrhosis and alcohol related brain injury. Whilst we still have gaps in some services we are all committed to reducing unwarranted variation in this group of patients, in line with the NHS long term plan”.

The visit was based upon the national recognition of the creative work that is being developed and delivered by partners in Cornwall, reflecting everyone’s determination. It has also given us the opportunity to highlight areas which continue to prove challenging and would benefit from multi department guidance.

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Safety prevention videos

December 7th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service have created a series of fire safety prevention videos, which will be launched through the CFRCSS Facebook page to target the biggest causes of accidental dwelling fires to improve knowledge, awareness and change behaviour promoting fire safety advice in the home during the festive season.

Look out for each days festive tips 🎄 HERE

 

 

 

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence training programme

December 7th, 2018 by

Safer Cornwall are delighted to announce that our new Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence training programme will be available from January 2019.

The training is open to staff from any organisation, free of charge and at a variety of venues across Cornwall.

There are 3 levels available:

  • Level 1: Half Day Basic Domestic Abuse awareness & how to respond

To provide staff who work regularly with adults, children and young people and are required to have an understanding of what domestic abuse is and how to respond.

  • Level 2: Full Day Domestic Abuse Awareness Course for Health professionals
  • Level 2: Full Day Domestic Abuse Awareness Course to professionals in Safeguarding roles

To provide staff with knowledge and skills to work directly with victims of domestic abuse, awareness of the sensitivity of issues of domestic abuse and awareness of working with perpetrators of domestic abuse and introduction to DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model)

  • Level 3: Specialist Full day courses to professionals working with victims – Domestic Abuse/DASH training

For professionals who work closely with victims of Domestic Abuse  and/or have a safeguarding role. This training is suitable for those who have a good underpinning knowledge of Domestic Abuse or who have attended our level 2 Domestic Abuse Awareness training. It includes full training in DASH.

DASV Level 3 (DASH Training) dates are available to book now at :

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/barnardos-safer-futures-18214164864

Dates/venues for Level 1 and 2 training will be added to Eventbrite by the end of December 2018.

We strongly recommend booking early to secure your place.

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Rural Domestic Abuse Research Survey

November 22nd, 2018 by

We are pleased to support one of the largest surveys looking into Domestic Abuse in the UK and would like to provide this opportunity for any of our clients or former clients to opt in to this National Survey. Your experience when taken alongside that of hundreds of other people who have had similar or contrasting experiences helps to provide an accurate picture of Domestic Abuse across our county as well as contributing to a more national picture.

The survey should take around 5-10 minutes to complete. No personal details will be taken in this survey, so your response will be anonymous. If you feel you can help please click on the link below:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4678535/DVA-Survey

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue takes delivery of new Fireboat

July 27th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has operated a fire boat since 1999 when we took delivery of our first boat – Transco Phoenix, a 7.6 metre rigid inflatable boat (RIB) powered by twin 100Hp outboard engines. The Service had identified the need to provide an operational emergency fire response in and around the Falmouth harbour area due to the large and rapidly growing maritime risk. Falmouth was also becoming a popular choice as a venue for hosting large regattas such as the J Class Regatta, The Pendennis Cup, Off Shore Powerboat Racing to name a few, all of which require a large amount of safety/fire cover.

Other roles that the fire boat carries out are, to provide personnel and equipment transfer in support of Fire and Rescue Marine Response, Forms part of the King Harry reach response plan, to provide primary fire cover to the 100+ house boats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas. We can also be called upon by other agencies to be used during high profile events anywhere in Cornwall throughout the summer months.

Fast forward 18 years to the start of 2017 and it was clear that Transco Phoenix had served her time and was due for replacement. A tender was put out for Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) manufacturers to bid on. After considering certain criteria, Ribcraft who are based in Yeovil, Somerset were awarded the contract. Ribcraft have a long history of building high spec’ customised RIB’s both for the leisure market and, commercial sector. What really stood out with Ribcraft is that the entire boat is built in house at their factory.

I was tasked with leading the project at a station/operational level, identifying the needs of the Service and how best these could be fulfilled on the new boat. Having had the previous boat to learn from and the luxury of having a RIB built from scratch I was keen to put our own stamp on it and make sure that it would firstly, be fit for purpose, but also easy to use in terms of the firefighting systems.

Working with Ribcraft we drew up certain criteria, namely that it would be easily trailable, would have a good working platform, carry a crew of 6 Firefighters and 2 coxswains, carry a light portable pump (LPP) which could be easily got to work and provide a fixed monitor with water.

Ribcraft have been an excellent company to work with during the build phase of this project keeping us regularly updated through video calls and myself visiting the factory at key stages of the build to ensure good progress and discuss any issues or improvements that needed to be addressed.

Early March, and after some solid and very successful sea trials in Portland Harbour “Skath an Tanlu” (Cornish for “Fire Boat” and chosen by members of the public through public voting) was delivered to the Service.

We could not be more pleased with our latest asset and Ribcraft have delivered exactly what was asked of them and their expertise and craftmanship in building RIBs is clearly evident in the new fire boat. Powered by twin Suzuki 140hp engines she has a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 30 knots, “Skath an Tanlu” is 8.5 metres long with a 3 metre beam (width), providing fire crews with an excellent and safe working platform. She carries a Godiva Powerflow 8/5 Twin LPP providing 800l/min at 5 bar.

The boat will be based at Falmouth Community Fire Station and berthed at Falmouth Haven pontoons in Falmouth Harbour during the summer months. It is hoped that “Skath an Tanlu” will be fully operational by July 2018 and it is fair to say that everyone involved is looking forward to getting out and using the RIB for many years to come.

Giles Kent, Crew Manager, Falmouth Community Fire Station

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Suspected drug related death and hospitalisations in Camborne

July 7th, 2018 by

There’s no quality control with illegal drugs. You can never be sure what’s in a pill or powder– even if someone tells you what’s in it, they might be wrong – and you don’t know how you will react to a particular drug or particular dose. Everyone is different and drugs can affect people in different ways. Some pills are more powerful than others and could make you seriously ill, and some are lethal as Shakira’s tragic death shows.

Public Health England Advice to the public

  • If you have decided you are going to take a drug, try a small amount of it first and wait at least an hour to see what the effect is before considering taking any more. Some drugs, including those commonly found in ecstasy, have a delayed effect, so you run an even greater risk of overdose if you top up too soon because it doesn’t yet seem to be working.
  • If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down. Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour.
  • The risk of overdose is much higher when substances are mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Don’t take multiple substances or mix with alcohol at the same time.
  • If you’ve taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn’t improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. You won’t be reported to the police.
  • If you want to talk to someone in confidence, you can contact Addaction Cornwall on 0333 2000325
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CoastSafe goes from strength to strength

May 14th, 2018 by

The #CoastSafe initiative to reduce the number of deaths on the Cornish coast is going into its second year with new partners sharing each other’s safety messages across all their social media followers.

The first #CoastSafe forum, held at Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service headquarters in Tolvaddon in April, welcomed partners from a diverse range of agencies. They discussed water safety campaigns and initiatives and joint training opportunities.  Cornwall Samaritans have joined the partnership with the aim of spreading awareness of the work they do to support people suffering from mental ill health who are at risk of taking their own lives around our coastline.

The #CoastSafe collaboration now consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (CSRT), Surf Life Saving GB, Royal Life Saving Society, Cornwall Samaritans, South West Ambulance Service and the Environment Agency.

#Coastsafe was instigated by PC Andy Mulhern following the traffic death of a father and his two-year-old daughter when they were swept into the sea off a Newquay beach.  Primarily based on Twitter, the @CoastSafe_DandC account attracted 35,000 people to one tweet last year and it is hoped these Twitter users went on to share the message with their networks.

Background information

#CoastSafe was launched at Newquay Harbour in July 2017 with a demonstration of the RNLIs FLOAT to live message as part of their #RespectTheWater campaign. In December the #CoastSafe collaboration joined forces in Falmouth to support the Royal Lifesaving Society’s #DontDrinkandDrown campaign with instructors from CFRS, HM Coastguard Rescue Team, CSRT and RNLI, teaching restaurant and pub staff how to throw lines. Lines were given to four of the licensed premises around Custom House Quay to use in an emergency.

The agencies have shared a range of educational videos via the @CoastSafe_DandC twitter account. They are aimed at identifying what each partner’s capabilities are, what type of incidents they deal with and also share key safety and awareness messages

These include interviews with Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics; a Swift Water Rescue Technician training with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service; interviews with firefighters about the dangers of cold water shock, tombstoning and mud; a tour around HM Coastguard Rescue 924; advice from Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Operations Centre staff about calling 999 and requesting the Coastguard in any emergency on the coast.

#CoastSafe

 

 

 

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

May 14th, 2018 by

I am really pleased to be able to advise that the contract for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services has been awarded to First Light South West working in partnership with Barnardo’s.

     

The contract commences 1 July and holds potential to run for 7 years and will deliver against the following:

  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service
  • REACH
  • Family Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Recovery toolkits for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Therapeutic intervention for children and adults impacted by domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • DASV training
  • Healthy Relationships Programme
  • Offender programmes

This has been an ambitious procurement and First Light South West and Barnardo’s have been bold and visionary in their response giving the multi-agency evaluation panel confidence in their ability to deliver and opportunities for further exciting development.

A full communication strategy will follow.

I would like to thank First Light South West and Barnardo’s for their ambition and vision and wish them every success moving forward.

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NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton

May 3rd, 2018 by

Saturday 28th April was NFCC/Asda National Day of Acton focussing on Fire Safety this year for World Health Day. Crews from Bodmin, Falmouth and Hayle attended their local Asda stores to communicate fire safety messages and advice to members of the public, as well as offer referral cards to people who would qualify for a free home fire safety check. Children were spoken to about the importance of the Stop, Drop and Roll message.

 Over the course of the day over 550 people were spoken to across the three stores, and feedback from Asda Community Champions was very positive:

‘It was a great success with the customers as well so thank you very much for organising all of that.  Come back soon!’

 

‘The Fire Safety Day was brilliant and well received’

‘The customers enjoyed this event and many came up to the fire crew to ask questions.’

 

 

 

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