100 people held more than 20 years in ‘institutions’ – BBC News

‘One hundred people with learning disabilities and autism in England have been held in specialist hospitals for at least 20 years, the BBC has learned. The finding was made during an investigation into the case of an autistic man detained since 2001.’

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BBC news, 25th November 2021

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New Judgment: A Local Authority v JB (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) [2021] UKSC 52 – UKSC Blog

‘The Respondent commenced proceedings in the Court of Protection seeking declarations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as to the Appellant’s capacity to consent to sexual relations. A question arose as to whether the judge should have regard to whether they had capacity to understand that the other person involved must give consent, and did in fact give and maintain consent throughout the act. The judge found that this was not relevant information for the purposes of determining if an individual had capacity to consent to sexual relations under the Act.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th November 2021

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Recitation is not application – Nearly Legal

‘SR v Lambeth London Borough Council, County Court at Central London, 21st October 2021 H40CL201 – HHJ Roberts (unreported elsewhere). Our thanks to Justine Compton of Garden Court Chambers for the following note of a section 204 appeal judgment on a priority need decision, refused at s.184 and s.202 review, which features (once again) Now Medical reports done with no face to face assessment being preferred by the local authority decision makers over direct and specialist medical reports submitted by the applicant.’

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Nearly Legal, 21st November 2021

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SEND Tribunal case law review – Local Government Lawyer

‘Jamie Jenkins looks at the lessons to be learned from the latest judgments from the SEND Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th November 2021

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CoA overturns ruling in sex-worker visit case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Carers would be at risk of committing a criminal offence if they helped an autistic man visit a sex worker, the Court of Appeal has ruled, overturning what had been seen as a landmark ruling for people with learning disabilities and mental disorders.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th October 2021

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Court of Protection approves Covid vaccine for man lacking capacity, but declines to authorise booster dose without another hearing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Court of Protection judge has approved the giving of the first and second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to a man who lacks capacity, but has declined to authorise in advance the administration of a booster dose.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th August 2021

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Abuse of disabled patients forces watchdog to close hospital – The Independent

‘A mental health hospital has been closed by the care watchdog after inspectors saw evidence of patients being abused. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has forced the closure of Eldertree Lodge, in Staffordshire, which looked after more than 40 adults with learning disabilities and autism.’

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The Independent, 10th August 2021

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Autism: Number of people stuck in hospital ‘national scandal’ – BBC News

‘The government’s failure to reduce the number of autistic people confined to mental health units in England is a “national scandal”, a charity says.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2021

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Suffolk mental health unit’s safety risks ‘not addressed’ – BBC News

‘A mental health unit has been rated inadequate for the second time in four months after it failed to address risks affecting patient safety.’

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BBC news, 9th July 2021

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Supreme Court to hear next week key case on capacity to have sexual relations – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week (15 July) hear a case over whether, to have capacity to decide to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs to understand that the other person must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th June 2021

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Court of Protection case update – Local Government Update

‘Aaqib Javed and Holly Littlewood review the latest cases of interest to Court of Protection practitioners.’

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Local Government Update, 25th June 2021

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Cawston Park hospital closed after ‘consistent failures’ – BBC News

Posted May 28th, 2021 in autism, hospitals, learning difficulties, news, quality assurance by tracey

‘A hospital which provided care for adults with a learning disability or autism closed after “consistent failures in meeting standards”, the health watchdog said.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2021

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Court of Appeal allows appeal against order removing new-born baby after mother with learning difficulties not given opportunity to put her point of view – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal against an order for the separation of a new-born child from his mother, who has learning difficulties.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th May 2021

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Disabled people can be taken to prostitutes by care workers, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

‘Council care workers can help disabled people meet prostitutes without breaking the law, a judge has confirmed in a landmark ruling. A judge in the Court of Protection – a specialist court which considers issues relating to people who are deemed to lack capacity to make certain decisions – ruled that carers who facilitate adults with learning disabilities to visit sex workers will not be committing a criminal offence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2021

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Inquest finds neglect contributed to woman’s hospital death – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2021 in disabled persons, food, hospitals, inquests, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘The death of a young disabled woman following a routine eye operation was partly caused by malnutrition as a result of neglect, a coroner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2021

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Oliver Campbell: Calls to review 30-year-old murder conviction – BBC News

‘A man with learning difficulties who admitted to a murder 30 years ago should have his conviction quashed because he confessed to police without a lawyer present, his solicitor says.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2021

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CoP says vulnerable man should have Covid vaccine despite father’s objection – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Protection has rejected pleas from a father that his clinically vulnerable son not be given the Covid-19 vaccine, in one of the first reported cases of its type.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th March 2021

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Capacity and sexual relations: Fallout from Re JB – Doughty Street Chambers

‘In a judgment handed down on 23 February, Cobb J concluded that a young woman known as HD lacked capacity to engage in sexual relations. He was driven to this conclusion based on the new requirement set out in Re JB that a person with capacity to engage in sexual relations must be able to understand (and retain, use or weigh and communicate) the fact that the other person must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th February 2021

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Deprivation of liberty, family members and what s4B does (and doesn’t) say – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge recently considered very strong objections levelled by a family member to the idea that they were depriving their adult child of their liberty. She also helpfully clarified the current (limited) scope of s.4B MCA 2005, writes Alex Ruck Keene.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2021

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Court of Protection Newsletter – Spire Barristers

‘Welcome to the latest issue of Spire Barristers’ Public Law Newsletter covering news from around the web, practice updates and case reviews in Court of Protection and Public Law matters.’

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Spire Barristers, 10th February 2021

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