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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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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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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