Parents win fresh hearing of claim of failure to make reasonable adjustments to delivery of curriculum – Local Government Lawyer

‘The First Tier Tribunal “materially erred in law” in its determination of reasonable adjustments claims brought by parents in relation to their daughter.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th June 2024

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Neurodiversity in academic misconduct: considerations for accessibility, equity and inclusion – Kingsley Napley Regulatory Blog

‘As artificial intelligence technologies (“AI”) progress, universities face heightened pressure to detect and address academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and collusion. Receiving an allegation of academic misconduct is a difficult experience for any student, but for neurodivergent students, this process can add layers of complexity and emotional strain.’

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Kingsley Napley Regulatory Blog, 20th May 2024

Source: www.kingsleynapley.co.uk

Greater support for neurodivergent offenders in bid to cut crime – Ministry of Justice

‘Staff dedicated to helping neurodivergent offenders are now in place in all public prisons in England and Wales.’

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Ministry of Justice, 16th May 2024

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Diverse minds, Diverse decisions: How is neurodiversity considered in the Family Justice System? – Kingsley Napley Family Law Blog

Posted May 9th, 2024 in autism, children, families, family courts, news by sally

‘Amidst the growing awareness and understanding of neurodiversity in the UK, there has been a notable surge in adults and children being diagnosed with conditions like autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in particular. It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people in the UK are neurodivergent. This cultural shift has left parents and families navigating the family justice system increasingly curious about how their, their spouse or their child’s neurodiversity will factor into the court’s decision-making process. This blog will address if and how the family justice system accounts for a parent or child’s neurodiversity in children proceedings and financial remedy proceedings.’

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Kingsley Napley Family Law Blog, 8th May 2024

Source: www.kingsleynapley.co.uk

Neurodivergent lawyers let down across legal sector, finds survey – Law Society’s Gazette

‘More than three-quarters of neurodivergent lawyers have not disclosed their condition to employers to avoid discrimination, a survey has found.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd May 2024

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family lawyers join forces to support neurodivergent community – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Family lawyers from different firms and chambers have joined forces to set up a specialist group dedicated to ensuring the neurodivergent community has equal access to justice.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd April 2024

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Council decision on needs of teenager quashed in High Court after failure to assess “all relevant considerations” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has quashed a council’s decision in relation to the needs of a teenage boy, after it failed to assess “all relevant considerations” having departed from recommendations by the SEND tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2024

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Judge in Court of Protection declines request for judicial visit due to risk of “unconscious bias” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 12th, 2024 in autism, bias, Court of Protection, judiciary, news, practice directions by tracey

‘A judge sitting in the Court of Protection has declined to meet the applicant in advance of a capacity hearing, over concerns that a judicial visit “may influence decision making” and cause unfairness to the parties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th March 2024

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court authorises deprivation of liberty of seven-year-old child in registered children’s home – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has granted a local authority’s application to deprive a seven-year-old boy of his liberty, with directions to use the “minimum degree of force or restraint required”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st March 2024

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

News focus: How well are neurodiverse people supported in the profession? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 27th, 2024 in autism, disabled persons, diversity, legal profession, news by tracey

‘As volunteer group Neurodiversikey launches a survey to find out how much support neurodiverse people in the law receive, three legal figures recount the anxiety of training and trying to fit in.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th February 2024

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

My heart breaks – solitary confinement in hospital has no therapeutic benefit for people with a learning disability and autistic people – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

‘Baroness Sheila Hollins has published her final report as Chairperson of the Independent Care (Education) and Treatment Review (IC(E)TR) programme for people with a learning disability and autistic people in inpatient settings. In fact the final report was completed in July 2023, but was not published until 8 November 2023, alongside the Government’s responses.’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 9th November 2023

Source: www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk

End solitary confinement for children and limit it for adults, review demands – The Independent

‘Autistic children and those with a learning disability should never be subjected to long-term segregation in hospital – and its use should be “severely curtailed” for adults, a review has recommended.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2023

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court of Protection case law update – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 20th, 2023 in autism, Court of Protection, hospitals, local government, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Lauren Gardner and Eleanor Suthern round up the latest rulings of interest to Court of Protection practitioners.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th October 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Local authority challenges Tribunal costs awards decision following specialist school legal battle – Local Government Lawyer

‘East Sussex County Council has submitted a request for permission to appeal a decision ordering it to pay school fees costs to the family of a young autistic boy.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Hospital watchdog takes action against NHS trust over patient safety concerns – The Independent

Posted September 22nd, 2023 in autism, health & safety, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Hospital regulators have taken enforcement action against an NHS trust after patients were found to have ingested batteries and screws amidst a catalogue of failings. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) upheld its “inadequate” rating of Brooklands hospital in Birmingham – which specialises in care for adults with autism and learning disabilities – after an inspection in March.’

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The Independent, 22nd September 2023

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Swansea: PC Jack Williams jailed for punching autistic man – BBC News

Posted September 22nd, 2023 in assault, autism, imprisonment, news, police, professional conduct, sentencing by tracey

‘A policeman who punched an autistic man in the head seven times during an arrest has been jailed for 12 weeks.’

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BBC News, 21st September 2023

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Dialysis and different realities – the Court of Protection has to decide – Local Government Lawyer

‘In a recent ruling a senior judge has helpfully reminded us of the fact that a person with cognitive impairments may be operating within a very different reality to everyone else does not mean that it is a reality which can simply be ignored, writes Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th September 2023

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Employment status of Church of England curates: Green v Lichfield DBF – Law & Religion UK

‘In Reverend D Green v Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance [2023] UKET 2409635/2022, the primary issue was the extent to which a stipendiary curate had standing to bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal.’

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Law & Religion UK, 25th August 2023

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Autistic man should not be forced to have dialysis, judge rules – BBC News

Posted August 24th, 2023 in autism, consent, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘An autistic man with “chronic” kidney disease should not be forced to undergo dialysis, despite the “potentially fatal consequence of not having it”, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council fails in Upper Tribunal appeal over mentoring support during non-term time periods – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Upper Tribunal has found that a decision made by the First-tier Tribunal regarding autism mentoring support during non-term time periods did not involve an error on a point of law.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2023

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk