Prisoners serving indefinite sentences have high self-harm rate – The Guardian

Posted June 23rd, 2016 in mental health, news, prisons, sentencing, suicide by sally

‘The rate of self-harm among inmates serving indefinite prison sentences is more than double that among life-sentenced prisoners, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2016

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Myth buster: memories of trauma are engraved on the brain – Free Movement

Posted June 22nd, 2016 in asylum, immigration, mental health, news, psychiatric damage, refugees by sally

‘We tend to believe that the more important an experience, the more likely it is that it will be “engraved” on the brain. In the asylum system, this is maintained by decision makers who maintain the belief that a genuine victim of trauma will be particularly able to recall the traumatic event.’

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Free Movement, 21st June 2016

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Mental health services missed chances to save suicidal teenager, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2016 in health, inquests, mental health, news, social services, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Social care agencies missed opportunities to help a 17-year-old girl who took her own life months after being removed from a child protection plan, a coroner has ruled. Katy Skerrett, the senior coroner for Gloucestershire, said there had been a lack of communication between mental health and social care professionals in the treatment provided to Anielka Jennings.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2016

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Families separated for immigration purposes – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2016

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Staffordshire County Council v K and others – WLR Daily

Staffordshire County Council v K and others [2016] EWCOP 27

‘An incapacitated adult (“K”), who had been severely injured in a road traffic accident, was awarded substantial damages in court proceedings which were used by his property and affairs deputy, a private trust corporation, to provide a specially adapted residence and to fund the regime of care and support provided by private sector providers. The local authority, having been informed of the arrangements for K’s care and the arrangements having been registered with the Care Quality Commission, applied to the Court of Protection for a welfare order under section 16 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The parties accepted that the arrangements constituted a deprivation of liberty satisfying two of three components of a deprivation of liberty within article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, but the Secretary of State contended that the third component, namely the attribution of responsibility to the state, did not apply to the privately funded and arranged care regime (and to others in an equivalent position), so that the care regime could lawfully be put in place without a welfare order being made under the Act.’

WLR Daily, 25th May 2016

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IPCC criticises Sussex police over hooding of disabled 11-year-old girl – The Guardian

‘Sussex police have been strongly criticised by the force watchdog after an 11-year-old disabled girl was hooded, handcuffed and detained in custody for a total of more than 60 hours.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2016

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Poundland stabbing: Trevor Joyce given life sentence for manslaughter – BBC News

‘A mental health patient who fatally stabbed a man in a Poundland store has been sentenced to life imprisonment.’

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BBC News, 6th June 2016

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‘Depraved’ killer Carl Langdell jailed for first date murder – BBC News

Posted June 6th, 2016 in mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who murdered a young teacher on their first date before sexually assaulting and taking pictures of her corpse has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2016

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Priory Clinic blamed by inquest jury over death of teenage girl after untrained staff failed to call 999 – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 3rd, 2016 in children, inquests, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘A 14-year-old girl suffered an accidental death contributed to by neglect while under the care of the Priory, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd June 2016

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Ken Clarke: ‘absurd’ that defunct prison scheme still keeps people in jail – The Guardian

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in mental health, news, parole, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘The former justice secretary Ken Clarke has criticised as “absurd” the situation where a defunct scheme for sentencing prisoners to indeterminate sentences means a man given a 10-month term is still in prison almost 10 years later.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2016

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Logan Peters killed himself following police custody – BBC News

Posted May 27th, 2016 in detention, inquests, mental health, news, restraint, suicide by tracey

‘A series of police failures caused a man to kill himself a day after being released from custody, an inquest found.’

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BBC News, 27th May 2016

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Inside the special prison unit where rehabilitation rules the roost – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2016 in bills, mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, statistics, women by sally

‘HMP New Hall pioneers care and support for women with complex needs. The justice minister, Michael Gove, should sit up and take notice for his prison reforms.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2016

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Independent Monitoring Board slams Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres – Free Movement

‘What were Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres have been brought under the same management, and are now called Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. Nonetheless, as the Independent Monitoring Board’s report shows, detention centres by another name still have their same old problems. The Board’s recommendations focus on treatment of vulnerable people, both mentally and physically.’

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Free Movement, 23rd May 2016

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Benefit sanctions lead claimants to suicide, crime and destitution, warns damning report – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2016 in benefits, delay, local government, mental health, news, sanctions, suicide by sally

‘Benefit sanctions are “devastating” for claimants and can lead to destitution, crime, suicide, and throw up barriers to employment, a wide-ranging report probing the effects of removing payments from Salford’s residents has claimed.’

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The Independent, 25th May 2016

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Mother sentenced to 24 years in prison for murdering two daughters in ‘spasm of violence’ – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2016 in domestic violence, families, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A mother has been sentenced to at least 24 years in prison for stabbing to death her two young daughters.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2016

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Paranoid schizophrenic man who pushed passenger onto Tube tracks sent to mental health hospital ‘indefinitely’ – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2016 in assault, detention, mental health, news by sally

‘A mentally ill man who caused horrific injuries to a fellow passenger after pushing him under the Tube has been detained indefinitely.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2016

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Don Lock death: Ten killings to be reviewed by NHS trust – BBC News

‘Ten killings involving patients of a mental health trust will be reviewed after the conviction of a man who stabbed a motorist to death.’

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BBC News, 17th May 2016

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Profession unites to create mental health taskforce – The Lawyer

Posted May 16th, 2016 in legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘Fifteen organisations from the legal profession have joined forces to create a new taskforce promoting mental wellbeing in the legal community.’

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The Lawyer, 16th May 2016

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Wellbeing in the legal profession – one year on – The Bar Council

Posted May 13th, 2016 in barristers, mental health, press releases by tracey

‘The Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, has urged the legal sector and other professions to work together on supporting wellbeing and mental health in the professions one year after the Bar Council and the Inns of Court published its Wellbeing at the Bar report.’

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The Bar Council, 13th May 2016

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Prison numbers ‘must fall’ for reforms to work says Ramsbotham – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2016 in mental health, news, prisons, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Government prison reforms will fail unless inmate numbers are reduced before they are put in place, a former chief inspector of prisons has said.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2016

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