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Some current Consultation / Involvement Opportunites are listed below

Consultation on a new Regional Substance Abuse Strategy

(Dept of Health)

Closing date  5 February 2021

Inviting: Open to ALL


The Department of Health is responsible for leading and co-ordinating action on Northern Ireland’s new substance use strategy. The new strategy “Making Life Better – Preventing Harm and Empowering Recovery: A Strategic Framework to Tackle the Harm from Substance Use” - is open for public consultation from 30 October 2020. We would very much welcome your views on what is contained within this new strategy.

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Further information and how to respond to this consultation is available

Consultation on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

(NI Assembly)

Closing date  22 January 2021

Inviting: Open to ALL


Human rights are freedoms and protections belonging to everyone. A bill of rights contains human rights protections for everyone – it is a list of the laws a country agrees to make to protect all the people who live there. It can also contain guiding principles or ideas.  To get an understanding of what people who live here think about the creation of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, the Committee needs to hear from lots of different people.

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Consultation on the Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031

(Dept of Helth)

Closing date  26 March 2021

Inviting: Open to ALL


The Department of Health is consulting on a draft ten year Mental Health Strategy designed to improve mental health outcomes for people in Northern Ireland. The draft Strategy sets out a new vision for mental health in Northern Ireland, as well as 29 high-level actions to take forward significant strategic change over the next decade. We would welcome your views on the draft Strategy during this consultation period. Responses can be submitted online via the link below, or via email/post.

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Further information and how to respond to this consultation is available at

Consultation on enhanced legal protections for domestic abutse victims

(Dept of Justice)

Closing date  Fri 12 February 2021

Inviting: Open to ALL


Justice Minister, Naomi Long, has launched a public consultation on enhanced legal protections for victims of domestic abuse.
“We know all too well that victims of domestic abuse can live in fear of their partner. For many home is not a safe place. To further address this, in addition to the new domestic abuse offence contained within my department’s Domestic Abuse and Family Proceedings Bill, I am now bringing forward our proposals to introduce new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices, which will be given by the police.
“These aim to deliver immediate short-term protection from all forms of domestic abuse, whether physical or non-physical, and will last for a number of days. Following this, longer term protection could be granted through a court provided Domestic Abuse Protection Order.”
Protection notices and orders are intended to ensure that action can be taken to address situations where an individual is being abused, or there is a risk of abusive behaviour. Importantly, they won’t require the victim to take action, should they not wish to. Under the proposed arrangements this could be done by the police and courts as part of proceedings or on application.
The new notices and orders could require that an alleged perpetrator does not contact the victim; does not come within a certain distance or to their home; does not enter their home; or require them to leave the victim’s home. In the longer term, provision could be made that these orders could include positive requirements to address abusive behaviour.
It is proposed that the new measures be tested in two geographical areas in the first instance.
The Minister said: “I am particularly keen to hear from those that have been affected by domestic abuse. The consultation process will give victims, stakeholders and other interested parties the opportunity to contribute to shaping our future policy as well as the associated legislation.”
To learn more or to express interest in taking part, contact:

Further information and how to respond to this consultation is available at nidirect/citizenspace 

If you require a copy of the consultation in an alternative format please contact the Department of Justice by email at or by writing to Violence Against the Person Branch, Community Safety Division, Room A4.03, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3SG

COVID-19 People's Priorities - Planning the Questionnaire

(Patient & client Council)

Closing date  unspecified

Inviting: Open to ALL


This year the COVID-19 pandemic has had major effects on Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. The Patient and Client Council are keen on gathering people’s perceptions of COVID-19’s impact on Health and Social Care. We want to engage with the public to find out:
  • The public’s satisfaction with the extent, timing and duration of the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on ‘normal’ Health and Social Care services
  • People’s overall experiences and satisfaction with using health and social care during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The extent to which people feel that they have been adequately informed on how to keep themselves (and the wider population) safe and healthy; and
  • The knock-on effect of COVID-19 on routine / scheduled healthcare and social care.
Whilst we are in the planning stages of the questionnaire, we would like to invite you to take part in reviewing the proposed survey questionnaire and provide feedback through an online session. These feedback sessions will be held through Zoom. It is anticipated that these sessions will happen during the week starting 7th December.
To learn more or to express interest in taking part, contact:
Anne-Marie Donne, by emailing or Gabrielle Quinn by emailing or calling 02895360789.
Website registration portal on PCC site CLICK HERE


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