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Breastfeeding Policy Rural Needs Impact Assessment

 

SECTION 1 -
Defining the activity subject to Section 1(1) of the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016
 
1A. Name of Public Authority.
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
 
 
1B. Please provide a short title which describes the activity being undertaken by the Public Authority that is subject to Section 1(1) of the Rural Needs Act (NI) 2016.
The development and introduction of a Breastfeeding Policy and associated procedures within Council Buildings to support mothers to breastfeed their child/children.
 
 
1C. Please indicate which category the activity specified in Section 1B above relates to.

Developing a            Policy   ☒          Strategy   ☐           Plan   ☐ 

Adopting a                Policy   ☐          Strategy   ☐           Plan   ☐

Implementing a         Policy   ☐          Strategy   ☐           Plan   ☐ 

Revising a                 Policy   ☐          Strategy   ☐           Plan   ☐ 

Designing a Public Service   ☐ 

Delivering a Public Service   ☐ 

 
 
1D. Please provide the official title (if any) of the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service document or initiative relating to the category indicated in Section 1C above.
Breastfeeding Policy.
 
 
1E. Please provide details of the aims and/or objectives of the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service.
To ensure all Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council public areas and venues provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families.   To inform and support managers and staff to facilitate women to continue breastfeeding for as long as they want to. To adopt a breastfeeding culture throughout our Council area.   To support women who choose to breastfeed for longer.
 
 
1F. What definition of ‘rural’ is the Public Authority using in respect of the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service?
Population Settlements of less than 5,000 (Default definition).      ☒
Other Definition (Provide details and the rationale below).            ☐
A definition of ‘rural’ is not applicable.                                            ☐
 
Details of alternative definition of ‘rural’ used.
N/A
 
Rationale for using alternative definition of ‘rural’.
N/A
 
Reasons why a definition of ‘rural’ is not applicable.
N/A
 
 
 
SECTION 2 -
Understanding the impact of the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service
 
 
2A. Is the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service likely to impact on people in rural areas?
Yes   ☒        No    ☐        If the response is NO GO TO Section 2E.
 
 
2B. Please explain how the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service is likely to impact on people in rural areas.
The policy and relating procedure will impact on mothers from both rural and urban areas who are colleagues, visitors or customers to breastfeed their child/children. All mothers will be able to avail of this provision in Council buildings located in both rural and urban settings when the building is open.  In addition the provision in both rural and urban areas will provide a free and safe space for mothers to breastfeed when out and about shopping or socializing with friends across the borough.  In addition it encourages and supports breastfeeding employees to continue to breastfeed their infants following their return to work.  

It supports the opportunity for mothers to express and breastfeed their child and to avail of the proven health benefits of doing so.  
 
 
 
2C. If the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service is likely to impact on people in rural areas differently from people in urban areas, please explain how it is likely to impact on people in rural areas differently.

It supports the opportunity for mothers regardless of age, income levels, social background, location of work or the area they live in to express and breastfeed their child at a Council building and to avail of the proven health benefits of doing so.  There are no noted difference for people in urban or rural areas as there are buildings across the borough which will all offer this provision.

 
 
2D. Please indicate which of the following rural policy areas the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service is likely to primarily impact on.
Rural Businesses                   ☐
Rural Tourism                 ☐
Rural Housing                 ☐
Jobs or Employment in Rural Areas                 ☐
Education or Training in Rural Areas                 ☐
Broadband or Mobile Communications in Rural Areas                 ☐
Transport Services or Infrastructure in Rural Areas                 ☐
Health or Social Care Services in Rural Areas                 ☒
Poverty in Rural Areas Deprivation in Rural Areas                 ☐
Rural Crime or Community Safety                 ☐
Rural Development                 ☐
Agri-Environment                 ☐
Other (Please state):  
If the response to Section 2A was YES GO TO Section 3A.
 
 
2E. Please explain why the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service is NOT likely to impact on people in rural areas.
 
 
 
 

SECTION 3 -
Identifying the Social and Economic Needs of Persons in Rural Areas

 
 
3A. Has the Public Authority taken steps to identify the social and economic needs of people in rural areas that are relevant to the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service?
Yes   ☒        No    ☐        If the response is NO GO TO Section 3E.
 
 
3B. Please indicate which of the following methods or information sources were used by the Public Authority to identify the social and economic needs of people in rural areas.

Consultation with Rural Stakeholders       ☐           Published Statistics    ☒

Consultation with Other Organisations     ☐           Research Papers        ☐

Surveys or Questionnaires                       ☐           Other Publications       ☐  

Other Methods or Information Sources (include details in Question 3C below).  ☒ 

 
 
3C. Please provide details of the methods and information sources used to identify the social and economic needs of people in rural areas including relevant dates, names of organisations, titles of publications, website references, details of surveys or consultations undertaken etc.
The social and economic needs of people in rural areas have been identified using published statistics from the Northern Ireland Census, consultation with staff representative groups, the local equality forum and consultation with local representatives.  In addition the needs identified in Council strategies such as the economic development strategy were taken into account.  These identified and highlighted the needs of young people and women in rural areas.

In addition the policy has was developed in light of research, good practice guidelines and information from:
  • the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSE);
  • Public Health Agency
  • the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland (DHSSPS); Ten Year Breastfeeding Strategy for Northern Ireland 2013-2023;
  • Northern Ireland programme for Government (PfG) Framework 2016-2021; 
  • UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative standard; and 
  • data from the Northern Ireland Child Health System (CHS).  
 
 
3D. Please provide details of the social and economic needs of people in rural areas which have been identified by the Public Authority?

Socially individuals from rural areas tend to have to travel longer distances to work, to socialize with friends/work colleagues and to shop in larger supermarkets.  Economically younger people and women are impacted by the need to work coupled with the requirement to travel to do so. (As detailed in the Economic Development Strategy). This may mean that they are away from home at the time when their child needs to feed.  This policy will support this in a safe environment.  In addition the provision of this service in Council buildings is free in that no purchase is necessary to rest and fed their child.  In addition mothers with other dependents are welcome to use the area.

The provision of the same service across the Borough in various rural and urban settings means that individuals from various areas can avail of this provision and the associated health benefits regardless of the area they live in, their income, employment status, or family size.
If the response to Section 3A was YES GO TO Section 4A.
 
 
3E. Please explain why no steps were taken by the Public Authority to identify the social and economic needs of people in rural areas?
 
 
 
 
SECTION 4 -
Considering the Social and Economic Needs of Persons in Rural Areas
 
 
4A. Please provide details of the issues considered in relation to the social and economic needs of people in rural areas.
Research by the Economic Development section for its strategy; highlighted that socially individuals in rural areas my feel more isolated, therefore supporting individuals to drop into central locations and chat to others may reduce this isolation.

In addition individuals who live in rural areas often have to travel long distances to work, so the opportunity for staff to express or fed their child may attempt to counteract this obstacle.

The need for good infrastructure is also essential as many mothers will rely on public transport and may have to wait to catch a bus so the nearest Council building may offer a welcome stop and opportunity to fed or change their child.

The fact that the local building offers this provision will support the need for local opportunities to socialize.
 
 
 
 
SECTION 5 -
Influencing the Policy, Strategy, Plan or Public Service
 
 
5A. Has the development, adoption, implementation or revising of the Policy, Strategy or Plan, or the design or delivery of the Public Service, been influenced by the rural needs identified?
Yes   ☒        No    ☐        If the response is NO GO TO Section 5C.
 
 
5B. Please explain how the development, adoption, implementation or revising of the Policy, Strategy or Plan, or the design or delivery of the Public Service, has been influenced by the rural needs identified.

Many of the themes raised within the various consultations and research have been included in the policy ie the need to offer the service in rural and urban areas, the need to promote and ensure accessibility in rural areas and the need to advertise in alternative formats or languages. 

The opening hours of facilities can be accessed via the web, by email or telephone to support users of the building/facility.

The policy will be reviewed bi-annually and needs of rural users will also be reviewed at this time.
 

If the response to Section 5A was YES GO TO Section 6A.
 
 
5C. Please explain why the development, adoption, implementation or revising of the Policy, Strategy or Plan, or the design or the delivery of the Public Service, has NOT been influenced by the rural needs identified.
 
 
 
SECTION 6 -
Documenting and Recording
 
 
6A. Please tick below to confirm that the RNIA Template will be retained by the Public Authority and relevant information on the Section 1 activity compiled in accordance with paragraph 6.7 of the guidance.
I confirm that the RNIA Template will be retained and relevant information compiled.    ☒  
 
 
Rural Needs Impact Assessment undertaken by: Policy Officer
Division/Branch Corporate Services
Date: 03.09.21
 
 
Rural Needs Impact Assessment approved by: Head of Policy and Community Planning 
Division/Branch Corporate Services
Date: 06.09.2021