Mum’s legal action over autistic son’s Bristol college place – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2019 in autism, local government, news, special educational needs, video recordings by tracey

‘The mother of a severely autistic man is taking legal action after a BBC film showing him learning to shop was used to assess him for a college placement.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2019

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Mother and son beat autistic man to death with rocks and branches because he used footpath on their land – The Independent

Posted August 13th, 2019 in autism, malicious falsehood, murder, news, sentencing, service charges by tracey

‘A mother and son have been been handed life sentences after murdering a marathon runner who crossed their land. Carol Dawson, 72, and Scott Dawson, 41, shot Gary Dean in the back with an air rifle and beat him with rocks and branches in a premeditated attack, a court heard.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2019

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Court of Protection issues ruling in test case on appointment of personal welfare deputies – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Court of Protection judge has clarified the circumstances in which family members may become personal welfare deputies for people aged over 18, calling for the Code of Practice under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to be redrafted.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2019

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Social worker struck off over sex ‘contract’ – BBC News

‘A social worker found to have groomed a vulnerable 19-year-old for sex and made him sign a “relationship contract” has been struck off.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2019

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NHS care providers left autistic children at risk of self-harm – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2019 in autism, children, complaints, hospitals, news, self-harm, suicide by tracey

‘Potentially suicidal autistic children with mental health problems in Staffordshire have been left at risk of self-harm after receiving inadequate and unsafe care, according to a damning leaked internal NHS report.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2019

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Continued use of Taser on autistic male was disproportionate – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 11th, 2019 in autism, news, police, self-defence, weapons by tracey

‘In Gilchrist v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2019] EWHC 1233, the High Court considered officers’ use of force in the context of use of CS gas and a taser repeatedly upon a man who was autistic and mentally distressed and found that its continued use became unlawful. Whereas the initial use of CS gas and Taser were justified, once the police learned of the male’s vulnerability as an autistic man and noted that his behaviour was defensive rather than aggressive, a more cautious approach should have been adopted.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 29th May 2019

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Mental health hospital where patients were secluded in unfurnished, unsafe rooms, rated inadequate by watchdog – The Independent

‘Vulnerable patients at one of England’s largest charity-run mental health hospitals were kept in unsafe seclusion rooms for excessive amounts of time and without beds, blankets or pillows, a damning report has found. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated adolescent mental health services at St Andrew’s Healthcare hospital in Northampton ”inadequate”.’

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The Independent, 6th June 2019

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Blood products and Jehovah’s Witnesses: DE – Law and Religion UK

‘In Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v DE [2019] EWCOP 19, DE was a 49-year-old woman who suffered from autism and mild learning difficulties: she and her mother were Jehovah’s Witnesses [3]. In April 2019, DE broke her leg, and the medical evidence was that she needed surgery and that there was a risk that she would require blood transfusion or blood products during the operation [4]. If she did not have the operation, her mobility would be impaired [5] and the need for an operation was urgent.’

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Law and Religion UK, 29th May 2019

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Report raises alarm over police detention of vulnerable suspects – The Guardian

‘Police officers detained and interviewed vulnerable suspects without an appropriate adult present more than 100,000 times last year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2019

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‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable – BBC News

‘Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2019

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Mother crowd funds legal action after autistic son “forced to wear fluorescent yellow bib” at school – Local Government Lawyer

‘The mother of a seven-year-old boy is crowd funding a legal challenge against a council, claiming he was “forced to wear a fluorescent yellow bib at school so teachers and the children in the playground where aware, that he is autistic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th April 2019

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Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2019 in attempts, autism, detention, mental health, news, school children, suicide by sally

‘A woman whose daughter tried to kill herself while in an isolation booth at an academy school is to take legal action against the government.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop – BBC News

‘Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

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Colette McCulloch inquest: Autistic woman’s death ‘avoidable tragedy’ – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in alcohol abuse, autism, care homes, inquests, news, road traffic by tracey

‘The death of an autistic woman hit by a lorry on the A1 was an “avoidable tragedy”, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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CQC rebuked for failure to prosecute charity over care home abuse – The Guardian

‘The health and social care regulator has been heavily criticised for issuing only a fixed penalty notice to a charity that ran a care home where autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2019

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Autism charity escapes prosecution over care home bullying – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2019 in autism, bullying, care homes, news, penalties, prosecutions by sally

‘A charity that ran a care home where autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated by staff has escaped prosecution over its failings.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Autistic people angry at having to disclose diagnosis to DVLA even if driving not affected – The Guardian

‘The National Autistic Society (NAS) is challenging a decision by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to force autistic people to inform them of their diagnosis even if it does not affect their driving.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2019

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Home Office refuses to let great-grandparents remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, autism, children, deportation, families, grandparents, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is trying to separate a couple from their four British children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild by forcing them to return to Iran.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2019

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High Court to scrutinise restrictions on areas where P has capacity – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2018 in autism, consent, Court of Protection, families, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Hayden has handed down a judgment concerning LC, a young woman with autism and significant learning disabilities. During the course of proceedings which had lasted five years LC was assessed as having capacity to consent to sexual relations, marry, and make decisions about contraception; but to lack the capacity to make other decisions such as to conduct the proceedings, make decisions about her residence and about her contact with men. As a facet of LC’s autism she was preoccupied with seeking out sexual encounters and a care plan was formulated which permitted LC to have unsupervised contact with others. As the judge observed with “the enormous benefit of hindsight” this led to LC’s safety and dignity being compromised and placed an intolerable burden on those supervising her. The plan attracted significant public criticism. LC now resides in a care home but is able to spend time with her husband. In a sensitive judgment Hayden J endorsed LC’s treatment plan and directed a report from a female clinical psychologist, noting the obligation under the Mental Capacity Act to take steps to promote decision making capacity.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2018

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A tendency to physical abuse: Upper Tribunal clarifies scope of Equality Act in education context — Katie Ayres – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Upper Tribunal decision in of C&C v Governing Body [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC) has provided important clarification to the scope of the Equality Act 2010 in an education context.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2018

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