Family of man who died after police restraint call for better training – The Guardian

‘The family of a company director who died after being restrained on a street by police while suffering acute behavioural disorder (ABD) have called for more training to be given on how to deal with people experiencing such a crisis.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2019

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Watchdog to investigate suicide monitoring of benefit claimants after ministers refuse to publish data – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in benefits, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘A watchdog is to investigate the government’s monitoring of suicides among benefit claimants amid concerns about links between welfare reforms and declining mental health.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said it would call on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to reveal what information it held on the issue, after ministers refused to provide an MP with figures on the number of people in the welfare system who had taken their own lives.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2019

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Howard League for Penal Reform: Parmoor Lecture – Crown Prosecution Service

‘I aim to be clear this evening about my role as the nation’s chief prosecutor, on behalf of the CPS which I lead. At a time of national upheaval and some political uncertainty, the role of a properly-funded and fully independent prosecution authority is absolutely pivotal.’

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Crown Prosecution Service 14th October 2019

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‘I struggled to do my mum justice at her inquest’ – BBC News

‘Every year, mental health trusts spend millions of pounds employing lawyers to represent them at inquests, where they could be found to be at fault. The relatives of those who have died, however, often get no legal aid and have to stand up and face those lawyers alone. Becky Montacute describes her bid to ensure that the lessons from her mother’s death were learned.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2019

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Supreme Court considers parental responsibility and deprivation of liberty – Family Law Week

‘The Supreme Court, by a majority of three to two, has held, in D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42, a case concerning a young person lacking mental capacity, that there is no scope for the operation of parental responsibility to authorise what would otherwise be a violation of a fundamental human right of a child, that is his liberty.’

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Family Law Week, 26th September 2019

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Thousands of rape reports inaccurately recorded by police – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2019 in consent, criminal records, mental health, news, police, rape, statistics by sally

‘Thousands of reports of rape allegations have been inaccurately recorded by the police over the past three years and in some cases never appeared in official figures, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2019

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Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths cleared of wrongdoing over sexting scandal – The Independent

‘An MP who bombarded two young women with lewd text messages has been cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog.’

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The Independent, 9th September 2019

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The extent of the inherent jurisdiction – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 6th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, disabled persons, jurisdiction, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘Christine Cooper reports on an unusual inherent jurisdiction case that recently went before a High Court judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2019

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‘Passive’ civil courts urged to improve handling of vulnerable parties – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Rules should be updated, judicial training improved and court rooms rejigged to cater for parties with mental health conditions and other vulnerabilities in civil proceedings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th September 2019

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Elize Stevens death: Man jailed for murdering partner – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2019 in domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who stabbed his partner to death in a “fit of rage” has been jailed for a minimum of 21 years.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2019

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Sleepwalking man cleared of sexually assaulting woman – BBC News

Posted August 21st, 2019 in bail, hospital orders, mental health, news, sexual offences, sleepwalking by sally

‘A man with a history of sleepwalking has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of sexually assaulting his friend’s girlfriend.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2019

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CQC places two Priory Group hospitals in special measures – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2019 in hospitals, mental health, news, quality assurance, standards by sally

Two hospitals run by the Priory Group have been placed in special measures in a fresh controversy over state-funded private contractors’ treatment of people with mental illness or learning disabilities.

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The Guardian, 30th July 2019

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Assault and self-harm hit record levels in jails in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘Assaults and incidents of self-harm in prisons in England and Wales have reached new highs, prompting fresh warnings that authorities are failing inmates.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2019

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Father’s Day Revenge? Female perpetrated domestic abuse, homicide and suicide – Transparency Project

‘On the 17th of June 2018, a father made an anxious call to Kent Police after his ex-partner failed to return their child after a period of unsupervised contact which had been agreed by the family court. Very sadly, the following morning, the Police found the bodies of the missing little boy and his mother. A Serious Case Review into “Child H” was conducted and published in the last week by Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board.’

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Transparency Project, 6th July 2019

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Prisoner release checks ‘put public at risk’ – chief inspector – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2019 in health & safety, mental health, news, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The safety of the public is being put at risk by thousands of prisoners being released without proper assessments, the government has been told.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2019

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Tribunal rejects paralegal’s disability discrimination claim – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has comprehensively rejected a disability discrimination claim brought by a paralegal who worked for well-known personal injury firm Ralli.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2019

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Jury returns damning conclusion at inquest of Andrew Brown at HMP Nottingham – Garden Court Chambers

Posted July 4th, 2019 in health & safety, inquests, juries, mental health, news, prisons, standards, suicide by sally

‘The inquest into the death of Andrew Brown has concluded on 26 June with the jury finding that a series of damning failings by HMP Nottingham contributed to his death.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th June 2019

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Iraq war veteran jailed for killing Britain’s Got Talent finalist – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2019 in armed forces, domestic violence, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘An Iraq war veteran has been jailed for life for murdering a Britain’s Got Talent finalist by stabbing her more than 70 times in a violent rage.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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David Rose discusses: Stay of Proceedings on Medical Grounds – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in evidence, medical records, mental health, news, stay of proceedings by sally

‘Parties who seek to obtain a stay of proceedings on the grounds that the stress of litigation is injurious to their mental health need to produce strong and compelling medical evidence before the Court is likely to accede to their request.’

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Park Square Barristers, 26th June 2019

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Moors murderer Ian Brady had contact with vulnerable boys in jail – The Guardian

‘The Moors murderer Ian Brady came in contact with vulnerable borstal boys for more than five years at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Home Office files in the National Archives show.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2019

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