Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case – BBC News

Posted February 9th, 2016 in dyslexia, employment tribunals, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘A woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was accused of falsifying documents.’

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BBC News, 9th February 2016

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Men jailed for ‘despicable’ sexual assault and mugging of woman with learning difficulties in Birmingham – The Independent

Posted January 25th, 2016 in learning difficulties, news, robbery, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for the “despicable” sexual assault and mugging of a woman with learning difficulties in Birmingham last year.’

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The Independent, 24th January 2016

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Family judge criticised for not naming council that breached father’s rights – The Guardian

‘A family court judge has come under fire after refusing to name a council that violated a man’s parental rights by taking his four-year-old daughter into care without a proper investigation.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2016

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Hospital sorry for ‘do not resuscitate’ order on Down’s syndrome patient – BBC News

Posted December 8th, 2015 in hospital orders, human rights, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘A hospital trust has apologised for placing a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order on a patient with Down’s Syndrome – and listing his learning difficulties among the reasons for doing so.’

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BBC News, 8th December 2015

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Disabled girl sedation and removal ‘like Guantanamo rendition’ – BBC News

Posted November 18th, 2015 in care homes, consent, disabled persons, learning difficulties, news by tracey

‘A teenager with learning disabilities was “unlawfully” sedated and flown from south-west England to Dundee in a move a health boss likened to “extraordinary rendition to Guantanamo Bay”.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2015

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DNR order ‘violated disabled man’s human rights’ – BBC News

‘A ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) order put on a disabled man’s records without consulting his mother breached his human rights, the High Court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2015

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Affordability and intentionality – adding it up – Nearly Legal

‘A second appeal from a s.204 County Court appeal that addressed the council’s decision-making on whether the property from which Ms Samuels had become homeless was affordable (and thus, whether she was intentionally homeless for failing to pay the full rent).’

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Nearly Legal, 8th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Intensive care, and the outer limits of Cheshire West – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Where a coroner has reason to suspect that a person has died in custody or “otherwise in state detention” and that the death was violent, unnatural or by way of unknown cause, the coroner must hold an inquest with a jury (section 7 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (“CJA”)). The interesting issue in this case was whether and/or in what circumstances a person who has died whilst in intensive care will be regarded as having died “in state detention”, thus triggering a jury inquest.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th November 2015

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A duty to facilitate an individual’s release – No. 5 Chambers

‘The below article by Philip Rule, barrister at No5 Chambers, aims to offer a new potential for those with learning disability and/or autism, their families, and the many charities and NGOs that fight for the rights of these groups, to ensure things are improved for such individuals.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 2nd September 2015

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‘Urgent review’ of appropriate adults needed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 27th, 2015 in learning difficulties, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘Solicitors have urged the government to review, as a matter of urgency, the provision of appropriate adults (AA) for mentally vulnerable detainees in police stations after a report published today highlighted ‘significant shortcomings’.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 26th August 2015

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‘Appropriate adults not being used’ for many vulnerable people in custody – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2015 in detention, learning difficulties, local government, mental health, news, police by sally

‘About a quarter of a million vulnerable people are not receiving the support of an “appropriate adult” while in police custody, a report has suggested.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2015

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Judge quashes cut in community care provision for man with learning difficulties – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has quashed a council’s decision to reduce the community care provision for a 23-year-old man with learning and communication difficulties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2015

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Surge in number of prisoners killing themselves in solitary confinement revealed by report – The Independent

‘The number of prisoners who take their own lives in solitary confinement has reached a nine-year high with the death toll including a man who hanged himself after officers refused to give him a book, a report has disclosed today.’

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The Independent, 9th June 2015

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Teenager found guilty of grooming man to carry out Lee Rigby copycat killing – The Guardian

Posted April 30th, 2015 in explosives, incitement, learning difficulties, murder, news, terrorism by sally

‘A teenager has been found guilty of a bungled terror plot to groom a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a Lee Rigby copycat killing.’

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The Guardian, 29th April 2015

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What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Mental Capacity Law Newsletter – Thirty Nine Essex Street

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Court of Protection Issues – Thirty Nine Essex Street

‘This paper provides an overview of the procedure which has been put in place to implement the streamlined process by which the Court of Protection may authorise deprivations of liberty following the Supreme Court decision in P v Cheshire West and Chester Council and P and Q v Surrey County Council [2014] UKSC 19.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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Judge authorises sterilisation of mother-of-six with learning disabilities – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2015 in learning difficulties, news, sterilisation by sally

‘A mother-of-six with learning disabilities can be sterilised, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2015

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First judicial review over 2014 Act duties to disabled children reaches court – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge will this week hear what is being billed as the first judicial review to consider local authorities’ duties to disabled children following reforms brought in under the new Children and Families Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2015

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