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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Care home ‘neglect’ contributed to teenager’s death, inquest rules – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2019 in budgets, care homes, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘Neglect at a care home that had descended into “chaos” amid cost-cutting contributed to the death of Sophie Bennett, a mentally ill 19-year old, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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Teenager killed herself after changes at mental care home, inquest told – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in care homes, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenager took her own life at a mental health care home after the charity in charge laid off external therapists, employed unqualified staff and turned it into a “boot camp”, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2019

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New Judgment: Welsh Ministers v PJ [2018] UKSC 66 – UKSC Blog

‘This appeal considered whether a statutory power to impose conditions amounting to a deprivation of liberty can ever lawfully be ‘implied’ and whether the framework for Community Treatment Orders provides practical and effective protection for patients’ rights under the ECHR rights. It also considered what the scope is of a tribunal’s power to take into account ECHR rights.’

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UKSC Blog, 17th December 2018

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Supreme Court rules on CTOs, conditions and deprivations of liberty – Local Government Lawyer

‘There is no power for a responsible clinician to impose conditions in a community treatment order (CTO) which have the effect of depriving a patient of his liberty, the Supreme Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2018

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Enfield care home guilty over ‘predatory’ resident’s sex attacks – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2018 in care homes, fines, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A care home has been convicted and fined for failing to protect two vulnerable adults from a sexually predatory resident.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2018

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MPs and peers demand changes to Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill requires further changes to protect the human rights of vulnerable people, MPs and peers have warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st October 2018

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Abuse inquiry told boy was ‘jailed for sex with men’ – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2018 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A care home abuse survivor jailed as a teenager for having sex with men has told an inquiry the authorities meant to care for him “destroyed” his life.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2018

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Inquest finds failings in treatment of man who died after care home fall – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2018 in care homes, inquests, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘There were failings in the care and treatment given to a man with severe learning difficulties who broke his neck in a fall at a residential home, an inquest jury has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2018

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Council criticised over decision on care home costs and deprivation of capital – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 25th, 2018 in care homes, costs, local government, news by sally

‘A council failed to take into consideration all relevant facts when deciding that an elderly couple had deliberately deprived themselves of capital in order to reduce the husband’s care costs, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has concluded.’

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Local Government Lawyer, September 2018

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Judge slams decision to house paedophile near children’s home – BBC News

‘A judge has ordered a police force and council to pay £52,000 to a sex abuse victim after a convicted paedophile was housed near his children’s home.’

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BBC News, 24th September 2018

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Court quashes planning permission for care home over error in officer report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 15th, 2018 in care homes, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home because of a material error in the council officer’s report that led to its approval.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th August 2018

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Care home boss who stole millions from residents jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The owner of a care home who tried to defraud residents out of £4.1million by isolating them from their families and persuading them to make him a beneficiary of their wills has been jailed today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2018

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High Court quashes planning permission for care home expansion: report – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 8th, 2018 in care homes, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home expansion granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council despite officers’ objections, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th June 2018

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Council criticised after care home banned daughter from visiting mother – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2018 in care homes, complaints, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A Liverpool care home should not have banned a daughter from visiting her mother without warning, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2018

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Seven years on from Winterbourne View, why has nothing changed? – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in care homes, duty of care, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘This week is the seventh anniversary of BBC Panorama’s exposure of the systematic abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View hospital in Gloucestershire.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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The door-knock that brought back years of abuse – BBC News

‘A knock on the door by two detectives changed everything for Mark, bringing back the horrors of sexual abuse he had suffered as a child. Like other survivors of child abuse, he says he found it hard to get any support afterwards.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2018

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Family seek to replace ‘sarcastic’ coroner after autistic daughter died – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in autism, care homes, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘A family have begun judicial review proceedings to replace a “combative and sarcastic” coroner they say is blocking a full inquest into how their autistic daughter died while in the care of an NHS-funded private care home.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2018

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Care homes firm Sunrise to refund ‘up-front fees’ to residents – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2018 in care homes, compensation, fees, news by tracey

‘Care homes operator Sunrise Senior Living will pay more than £2m in compensation to residents after charging them thousands of pounds in compulsory “up-front fees”. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) secured the deal for most people who had paid since 1 October 2015.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2018

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