Police chiefs end clampdown on whistleblowers to the media – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs have ended a clampdown on whistleblowers to the media with a new code of ethics that puts officers under a “positive obligation” to challenge failings by their colleagues and their bosses.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2014

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‘Rude’ police officers to be formally punished under new rules – The Independent

‘Police officers who are rude to the public will face disciplinary action according to new rules, ministers are expected to announce next week.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2014

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Crime victims’ treatment by police and courts examined – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2014 in codes of practice, courts, news, police, reports, victims by tracey

‘The way crime victims are treated by the police and courts in England and Wales is to be examined.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2014

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The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets) Regulations 2014 – Education Law Blog

‘These regulations will come into force on 1 September 2014. They basically extend the current pilot scheme for personal budgets to all local authorities and apply it to the new Education Health and Care Plans regime. I posted back in 2012 about the pilot scheme and these new regulations make very few changes to the substance of that scheme.’

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Education Law Blog, 28th June 2014

Source: www.education11kbw.com

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Bedtimes introduced for young offenders – BBC News

Posted June 30th, 2014 in codes of practice, enforcement, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘All young offenders will face strict bedtimes for the first time, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.’

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BBC News, 28th June 2014

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They think it’s all over … – NearlyLegal

‘We covered the case of Beech v Birmingham CC in the High Court here. The appeal to the Court of Appeal was heard on 11/6/2014 and judgement was given on 17/6/2014.

I will not repeat the facts here except to say that the appeal was narrowed down to only two grounds of challenge: namely that the notice to quit was procured from the late Mrs Warren under undue influence from the housing officer, Mr Pumphrey, and that it had been given when no formal mental capacity assessment had been carried out, in breach of the Code of Practice issued under s.42(1)(a) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the ‘public law defence’).’

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NearlyLegal, 22nd June 2014

Source: www.nearlylegal.co.uk

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DfE issues new code of practice for special educational needs and disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Department for Education has published a new code of practice for organisations working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th June 2014

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Is it right to jail someone for being offensive on Facebook or Twitter? – The Guardian

‘Jake Newsome was jailed last week for posting offensive comments online. His is the latest in a string of cases that have led to prison terms, raising concern that free speech may be under threat from over-zealous prosecutors.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2014

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Pre-sentence restorative justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 21st, 2014 in codes of practice, news, restorative justice, sentencing by tracey

‘Secretary of State guidance for pre-sentence restorative justice.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th May 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

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Damian Green’s Police Federation (Constables’ Conference) speech – Home Office

‘Damian Green’s Police Federation (Constables’ Conference) speech Tuesday 20 May.’

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Home Office, 20th May 2014

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New nursing code: Patients asked to help shape draft – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2014 in codes of practice, consultations, hospitals, news, nurses, standards by sally

‘Patients and the public are being urged to have their say over what standards nurses and midwives should abide by.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2014

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Unsted Park ‘self-harm blades’ head teacher cleared – BBC News

‘A former head teacher who gave a girl at a special school equipment for self-harming has been cleared of unacceptable professional misconduct.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2014

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PACE Code C – Home Office

Posted May 15th, 2014 in codes of practice, detention, investigatory powers, police by tracey

‘This revised version of PACE Code C sets out the requirements for the detention, treatment and questioning of suspects not related to terrorism in police custody by police officers. The revised 2014 code was laid in Parliament on 14 May 2014 and will only apply after midnight on 2 June 2014.’

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Home Office, 14th May 2014

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Gambling regulator to issue guidance on ‘gambling software’ after imposing new licensing conditions on its supply – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 7th, 2014 in codes of practice, computer programs, gambling, licensing, news by sally

‘Remote gambling operators in Great Britain (GB) will be forced to ensure that they source their gambling software from a GB licensed provider to remain compliant with a new licensing regime being brought into force.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th May 2014

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Draft codes of practice for employers on preventing illegal working and avoiding discrimination during recruitment – Home Office

‘The draft codes of practice on preventing illegal working and avoiding unlawful discrimination while preventing illegal working have been laid in Parliament on Tuesday 6 May 2014 pursuant to section 19 and section 23 respectively of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. They update the codes issued in February 2008.’

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Home Office, 6th May 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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Stop and search power to be overhauled amid fears is it affront to justice – Daily Telegraph

‘Stop and search powers are to be overhauled after Theresa May warned police abuse of the power was an “unacceptable affront to justice”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th April 2014

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Schedule 7 Code of Practice – Home Office

‘Consultation on changes made to Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000 by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.’

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Home Office, 15th April 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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ICO urges app developers to respect users’ privacy – RPC Privacy Law

‘The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance aimed at helping mobile app developers comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and ensure that the privacy of app users is protected.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 11th April 2014

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Eve’s Law: addresses of domestic violence victims must be kept secret – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘In busy working environments it is easy to make mistakes but some mistakes are more costly than others. An inadvertent disclosure of a domestic violence victim’s safe address to their abuser, for instance, could cost someone their life. Now signed by 87 MPs, Early Day Motion 900 so called “Eve’s Law” is calling for the greater protection of safe addresses.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 14th April 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

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Judges criticise police over ‘bizarre’ penis ID request – Daily Telegraph

‘Sex attacker Kelvyn Lester, 47, declined to take medication for erectile dysfunction so officers could photograph his penis for an identification procedure.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2014

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