Judge criticises council for trying to force contraception on woman – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised a council for trying to have contraception forced upon a woman with a low IQ, warning that the move had ‘shades of social engineering’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2010

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Man jailed for sex with autistic girl – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2010 in autism, learning difficulties, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A man who befriended a woman over the internet then had sex with her autistic teenage daughter was today jailed for more than three years.”

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The Independent, 22nd April 2010

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Judge slams ‘ridiculously short sentences’ and frees torture gang – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2010 in assault, learning difficulties, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“A judge has criticised the justice system for tying his hands with ‘ridiculously short sentences’ after he was forced to free a gang that took a teenager from a children’s home and tortured him.”

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2010

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Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Courts – Prison Reform Trust

” ‘Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Courts’ reviews the provision of support in the court system for adults with learning disabilities or learning difficulties. The second half of the report examines the situation for children.”

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Prison Reform Trust, 1st December 2009

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Police errors contributed to suicide of tormented mother Fiona Pilkington – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2009 in harassment, learning difficulties, news, police, suicide by sally

“Police errors and inaction were partly responsible for driving a vulnerable single mother to kill herself and her severely disabled daughter after years of abuse from youths, an inquest found today.”

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The Guardian, 28th September 2009

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Police blame justice system for failures in mother daughter suicide case – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 25th, 2009 in harassment, learning difficulties, news, suicide, young offenders by sally

“Police could not act to stop a gang of youths terrorising a mother and her disabled daughter because the youth justice system is not set up to be tough against offenders, a leading police office told an inquest.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th September 2009

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Court takes child of ‘stupid’ mother – The Times

Posted June 1st, 2009 in adoption, family courts, learning difficulties, news, parental rights by sally

“When Rachel celebrated her daughter’s third birthday three weeks ago the little girl was a picture of happiness. Yet for her mother it was a bittersweet occasion.”

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The Times, 31st May 2009

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Abused couple lose £100,000 damages – The Times

Posted April 3rd, 2009 in assault, housing, learning difficulties, news, young offenders by sally

“A vulnerable couple who were subjected to savage abuse by a gang of youths have been stripped of their £100,000 damages payout by senior judges.”

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The Times, 3rd April 2009

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Ombudsmen’s report calls for urgent review of health and social care for people with learning disabilities – Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Posted March 24th, 2009 in health, learning difficulties, press releases, social services by sally

Ombudsmen’s report calls for urgent review of health and social care for people with learning disabilities.”

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Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, 24th March 2009

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NHS is failing patients with learning disabilities, regulators say – The Times

Posted March 24th, 2009 in health, learning difficulties, news by sally

“The National Health Service is failing people with learning disabilities, according to a report published today on the deaths of six disabled patients.”

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The Times, 24th March 2009

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NHS starts inquiry into deaths of patients with learning difficulties – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2009 in complaints, health, learning difficulties, news by sally

“An official investigation is to examine why people with serious learning difficulties have died while under NHS care, after alleged neglect led to at least six fatalities, ministers will reveal today.

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The Guardian, 19th January 2009

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Justice system ‘fails vulnerable’ – BBC News

Posted November 19th, 2008 in criminal justice, learning difficulties, news, prisons by sally

“The criminal justice system is failing people with learning disabilities from the point of arrest to their release from prison, a report suggests.”

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BBC News, 19th November 2008

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