Council apologises to mother over unlawful restrictions on contact with children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 14th, 2018 in children, contact orders, human rights, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘Cumbria County Council has apologised to a mother who had unlawful restrictions placed on her level of contact with her three children, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th September 2018

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CPS to take no action against police over death of Leon Briggs – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, death in custody, mental health, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The police watchdog passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in March 2016 concerning two Bedfordshire police constables, three sergeants and a member of police staff, suggesting they may have committed crimes over the death of Leon Briggs in 2013. In January prosecutors said no action would be taken against one of the officers, and they have now confirmed that the other five people will also face no charges.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2018

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Conman duped dementia patients out of life savings to buy himself a £10,000 hair transplant – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2018 in elderly, fraud, guilty pleas, mental health, news by tracey

‘A hair transplant conman duped two dementia patients out of their life savings so that he could buy a new £10k hairline.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2018

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NHS care regulator says sexual incidents ‘commonplace’ in mental health units – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2018 in harassment, health, mental health, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexual incidents including harassment, assaults and rapes are “commonplace” in mental health units, mainly carried out by patients, the NHS’s care regulator has reported.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2018

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Man found guilty of killing great-niece, 11, in ‘frenzied attack’ – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2018 in diminished responsibility, homicide, mental health, news by sally

‘A man who battered his 11-year-old great-niece to death with a table leg has been found guilty of manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Liberty protection safeguards to protect vulnerable people in care – Family Law

Posted August 10th, 2018 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, mental health, news by sally

‘Amendments to mental health legislation aim to correct some of the current system’s obvious failings. Ben Troke, solicitor at Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which introduces new law to protect the rights of people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions about their care, and replaces the much-criticised deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS).’

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Family Law, 9th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

English courts trial mental health referrals for vulnerable offenders – The Guardian

Posted August 10th, 2018 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, rehabilitation, sentencing by sally

‘Offenders with mental health, alcohol and drug abuse problems are being referred to health services as part of community sentences in an effort to steer them away from jail time.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2018

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Capacity on the cobbles, Coronation Street’s inheritance dispute storyline – Family Law

Posted August 9th, 2018 in gifts, intestacy, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘As Coronation Street fans will know, Aidan Connor (played by Shayne Ward) tragically committed suicide earlier this year. Following his death, his family were shocked to discover that he left his share of his business, Underworld, to his friend and former business partner Alya Nazir. Aidan’s half-sister, Carla Connor, was particularly outraged by this. She had gifted her interest in the business to Aidan earlier in the year, after he had made his will but before his death. Carla and family consulted a local solicitor, Adam Barlow, who suggested that they could challenge the will on the grounds that Aidan lacked capacity due to depression.’

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Family Law, 8th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Court of Appeal in Mencap: The end of minimum wage for sleep-ins when asleep? – Cloisters

Posted August 7th, 2018 in care workers, mental health, minimum wage, news by sally

‘Nathaniel Caiden considers today’s Court of Appeal judgment in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake and Shannon v Rampersad in which Caspar Glyn QC and Chesca Lord appeared for Mr Shannon.’

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Cloisters, 13th July 2018

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Appeal judges refuse compensation for schizophrenic who killed mother – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has unanimously rejected a compensation claim brought by a schizophrenic woman who stabbed her mother to death.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th August 2018

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Against their will? – New Law Journal

Posted July 31st, 2018 in forced marriages, mental health, news, wills by sally

‘Constance McDonnell uncovers a surprising scenario in the area of probate law.’

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New Law Journal, 20th July 2018

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Capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in disabled persons, expert witnesses, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Ella Anderson, barrister at Spire Barristers, discusses the practical implications of the judgment in Re FX [2017] EWCOP 36 – the first ever reported decision to consider questions of capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of physical, learning and behavioural difficulties.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Hospital neglected woman who killed herself, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2018 in accidents, health & safety, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

‘A hospital neglected a vulnerable woman who accidentally killed herself in a part of the building bosses had been warned could be used for hanging, an inquest has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2018

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Rashan Charles: why ex-Met officer great-uncle rejects inquest verdict – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, inquests, London, mental health, news, police, restraint by sally

‘Rod Charles understands the issue of police constraint more than most. He is a retired chief inspector, having served for 30 years. He is also the great-uncle of Rashan Charles, 20, who died in an incident involving restraint by a police officer last July.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Woman killed herself after series of NHS trust errors, jury finds – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2018 in duty of care, health, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A young woman with mental health problems killed herself after a series of major errors by the NHS trust that was looking after her, a jury at an inquest into her death has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Police custody deaths hit 10-year high, with experts citing austerity – The Guardian

‘Police custody deaths have hit their highest level in a decade with police, campaigners and experts warning that austerity and a crisis in mental health services have driven the figure up.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2018

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Pte Sean Benton: Deepcut soldier’s death was suicide, coroner rules – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2018 in armed forces, bullying, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘The death of a young soldier at Deepcut barracks 23 years ago was suicide, a coroner has ruled after a new inquest.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2018

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Inquest criticises police over London killing of Dutch academic – The Guardian

Posted July 18th, 2018 in diminished responsibility, homicide, inquests, mental health, news, police by tracey

‘An inquest jury has criticised police failings over the killing of the academic Dr Jeroen Ensink, who was stabbed by a stranger suffering from psychosis as he posted cards announcing the birth of his daughter.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2018

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Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham – Supreme Court

Posted July 5th, 2018 in bills, disabled persons, human rights, judges, mental health, speeches, treaties by tracey

‘Lady Hale at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Conference, Birmingham. Is it time for yet another Mental Health Act?’

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Supreme Court, 24th June 2018

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

New law to protect people with dementia and learning disabilities announced – Law Commission

‘Thousands of vulnerable people with dementia and learning disabilities will be given better protection by a new law announced today by the Government. The new Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, based on Law Commission recommendations, brings in extra protections for those who lack the mental capacity to make decisions about their care.’

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Law Commission, 3rd July 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk