Care firm’s leadership criticised by Care Quality Commission – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in care homes, hospitals, mental health, news by sally

‘Concerns have been raised by inspectors about the leadership at a firm at the centre of a BBC expose over allegations of abuse at a mental health hospital.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2020

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Sexual assault investigation into a child with learning difficulties not a breach of article 3 – Police Law Blog

‘In R (AB) v Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary [2019] EWHC 3461 (Admin), the Divisional Court considered a claim on behalf of a boy with severe learning and communication disabilities, that police had failed properly to investigate what appeared to be a disclosure by him of a sexual assault during a stay at in respite care. He argued that they had wrongly proceeded to interview him despite no witness intermediary being available and had subsequently failed to re-interview him with an intermediary. He argued that this was a breach of Article 3, and unlawful disability discrimination. The Court dismissed the claim, also giving important procedural guidance.’

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Police Law Blog, 17th December 2019

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Care home owner John Allen jailed for more child sex abuse – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2020 in care homes, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former care home owner, already serving a life sentence for child sex abuse, has been jailed for 14 years for more historical offences against boys.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2020

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Council fined £500k after first prosecution by CQC over failure to provide safe care – Local Government Lawyer

‘Derbyshire County Council has been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution that the Care Quality Commission has brought against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and treatment in 2015.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 2019

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Care home owner John Allen guilty of child sex abuse – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2019 in abuse of position of trust, care homes, child abuse, children, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former care home owner, already serving a life sentence for child sex abuse, has been found guilty of more historical offences against boys.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2019

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Girl sexually exploited ‘by over 40 adults’ while in care – The Guardian

‘The children’s commissioner has been called on to intervene in the case of a vulnerable teenager alleged to have been the victim of a catalogue of failures at the hands of social workers, medical authorities and police.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2019

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Family Law Newsletter #31 – Spire Barristers

‘Articles from around the web, Legislation updates and Case Updates from Care Proceedings and Financial Remedy matters.’

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Spire Barristers, 2nd December 2019

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“Severe failures” in care led to the death of vulnerable pensioner Leocardo Loney – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 20th, 2019 in care homes, elderly, inquests, news by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable London man who was found dead more than two months after he went missing from Willow House, the extra care housing where he lived, have spoken out following an inquest into his death.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 7th November 2019

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Children as young as 11 placed in unregulated care homes – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2019 in care homes, child abuse, children, local government, news by sally

‘Children as young as 11 years old are illegally being placed in unregulated homes in England, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2019

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Child sex abuse inquiry: Victims with criminal records denied compensation – BBC News

‘Survivors of sexual abuse in care homes are denied compensation or have payouts cut because of their own criminal convictions, an inquiry has found.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2019

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Care home manager to be sentenced for failure to disclose evidence at inquest – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 22nd, 2019 in care homes, disclosure, evidence, inquests, news, prosecutions, sentencing by sally

‘A former manager at a care home where a young woman died is due to be sentenced later this month for failing to attend and disclose evidence to an inquest.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2019

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Children in care in Nottingham ‘abused by predators’ – BBC News

‘Hundreds of children were sexually abused by predatory foster carers and residential home staff who were allowed to thrive, an inquiry has found. Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County councils exposed vulnerable children to repeated rapes and physical abuse, a report said. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said sexualised behaviour by staff was “tolerated or overlooked”.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Prosecutions against unsafe care homes and hospitals rise by one third – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 29th, 2019 in care homes, hospitals, news, penalties, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutions and other criminal enforcement actions against unsafe care homes and NHS hospitals have risen a third in a year, amid warnings of a growing crisis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2019

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NHS and care regulator missed care home abuse of vulnerable patients on multiple occasions – The Independent

‘Health watchdogs had no concerns on multiple visits to a private hospital at the centre of a police investigation into the abuse of patients in the months after it had been inspected, The Independent has learnt.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2019

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High Court considers Article 2 inquests in medical cases – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A three-judge panel of the Divisional Court has re-affirmed that, in general, medical inquests do not engage the State’s positive obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st May 2019

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Care home charity faces prosecution over death of teenager – The Guardian

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in care homes, charities, duty of care, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A care home charity advised by the internationally renowned mental health worker Elly Jansen is facing criminal prosecution over the death of Sophie Bennett, a 19-year-old resident who took her own life.’

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The Guardian, 1st May 2019

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Council broke law over deprivation of liberty, ombudsman rules – The Guardian

‘A council deliberately broke the law by failing to properly assess whether thousands of vulnerable people were illegitimately kept under continuous and restrictive supervision by care home staff, the local government and social care ombudsman has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2019

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Care homes applying for hundreds more court orders to prevent elderly from going outside, figures reveal – Daily Telegraph

‘Care homes and hospitals are applying for hundreds more elderly people to be locked inside, new data shows.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th March 2019

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Department withdraws ‘myth-busting’ guide to council duties to vulnerable children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 28th, 2019 in care homes, charities, children, fostering, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘The Department for Education has withdrawn a ‘myth-busting’ guide to council duties to vulnerable children and young people after a charity applied for judicial review, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2019

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Government backs down over ‘myth-busting’ guide on child protection – The Guardian

‘The government has withdrawn a controversial document that claims some statutory protections for vulnerable children are “myths”, after a charity launched an application for judicial review, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2019

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