Mother wins legal battle over tribunal’s refusal to say why son’s killer was discharged from hospital – The Guardian

‘A woman has won a legal battle against a mental health tribunal over its refusal to provide her with the the reasons for releasing her son’s killer into the community.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Why are there so few registered psychologists working as expert witnesses in private law proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted January 20th, 2023 in expert witnesses, families, family courts, mental health, news, psychiatrists by tracey

‘Dr Mark Hardiman, Chartered Psychologist based in The Psychology Clinic of East Anglia. Alongside his work in public law, in recent years he has developed a special interest and practice relating to high conflict post separation parenting and private law psychological assessment.’

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Family Law Week, 18th January 2023

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Beth Matthews: Blogger who took poisonous substance failed by hospital – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2023 in hospitals, inquests, mental health, negligence, news, suicide by tracey

‘A mental health blogger who took her own life by swallowing a poisonous substance was failed by the psychiatric hospital caring for her, a jury has found.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2023

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Mental health racial bias in England and Wales is ‘inexcusable’, says report – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2023 in bills, detention, medical treatment, mental health, minorities, news by tracey

‘Ministers must use legislation to address an “unacceptable and inexcusable” failure to address racial disparity in the use of the Mental Health Act, MPs and peers have said.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2023

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Essex mental health deaths review demands legal powers – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2023 in bereavement, hospitals, inquiries, mental health, news by tracey

‘The government has been asked to decide whether to hold the first national public inquiry into mental health deaths.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2023

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Court of Appeal makes “unusual order” allowing appeal over refusal to make person party to care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal over a Family Court judge’s refusal of an application by an appellant non-relative, Mr B, to become a party to care proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th January 2023

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Woman with diabetes and subject to deprivation of liberty in care placement to be allowed home, judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Court of Protection judge has ruled that a woman with type 1 diabetes and mental health issues can go home, after being deprived of her liberty in a specialist facility which she expressed she “hated” being in.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th January 2022

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Participation of vulnerable parties in civil litigation: split trials and stays (AXX v. Zajac) – Exchange Chambers

‘AXX (A protected party by his litigation friend XRE) v. Zajac [2022] EWHC 2463 is the first reported case in the High Court (KBD) concerning the ‘new’ CPR Practice Direction 1A which requires the court to take all proportionate measures to address any impediment to a party’s participation in proceedings caused by their ‘vulnerability’. Master McCloud granted an application made on behalf of the Claimant (who was a protected party due to a psychotic condition which had arisen after his accident) for a trial of causation as a preliminary issue on the basis that, if successful at that stage, the Claimant could seek interim funding for treatment to address his psychiatric symptoms and allow him to participate fully in the subsequent quantum trial. The Master also refused an application from the Defendant for an ‘unless’ order (whereby the claim would be stayed unless the Claimant cooperated with examinations to be performed by the Defendant’s instructed medical experts) because of concerns about the Claimant’s capacity to consent to examination. This decision illustrates the important role that PD1A has in shaping case management decisions to protect the interests of parties with vulnerabilities.’

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Exchange Chambers, 22nd December 2022

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Mental health patient died of heroin overdose due to NHS trust neglect, inquest finds – The Guardian

Posted January 5th, 2023 in drug abuse, hospitals, inquests, mental health, news by sally

‘A patient in a secure mental health unit died after another patient injected him with heroin smuggled in as a result of staff failing to identify the risk he posed, an inquest has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2023

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Man with history of sex offending has capacity to make decisions in relation to care and support arrangements, Court of Protection judge rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Court of Protection judge has ruled that a young man with a history of sex offending will no longer be subject to a Deprivation of Liberty Authorisation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th December 2022

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NHS trust apologises as man kept in hospital for more than a year – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2022 in detention, hospitals, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘A man with physical and mental health problems is “living” in a hospital despite being fit to leave, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2022

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Sex offender who poses risk is able to make own decisions about care – judge – The Independent

‘A convicted child sex offender who “poses a risk” has the mental capacity to make decisions about his care and support, a judge has decided after a hearing in a specialist court.’

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The Independent, 14th December 2022

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Lab worker convicted of murdering colleague at his parents’ home – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2022 in homicide, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘A lab technician has been convicted of murdering a colleague at his parents’ home in Leicestershire before dumping her body in a country lane.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2022

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Man given suspended 10-week sentence over racist assault on teacher in Stockport – The Guardian

‘A former soldier who pleaded guilty to a racist assault after chasing a teacher down the street with two umbrellas and using a racial slur has received a 10-week suspended sentence and been ordered to pay his victim £300.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2022

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UK families call for easier access to deceased children’s social media history – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2022 in bereavement, bills, coroners, families, inquests, internet, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘Bereaved families are calling for easier access to the social media histories of deceased children, supporting amendments to the online safety bill.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2022

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What Is The Mental Health Bill? – Each Other

Posted December 6th, 2022 in bills, detention, mental health, minorities, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is publishing a draft Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny, to modernise the Mental Health Act (MHA) for the 21st century. While the draft Bill has been welcomed by many, there must be more detail and direction on how the new legislation will be implemented at ground level.’

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Each Other, 6th December 2022

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Children growing up in households with domestic abuse to be recognised as victims – The Independent

‘Children who grow up amid domestic abuse will be treated as victims and given specialist support even if they were not present during violent attacks.’

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The Independent, 5th December 2022

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Law Commission recommendation targeting the encouragement of serious self-harm to be included in Online Safety Bill – Law Commission

‘Last week the Government announced that it will update the Online Safety Bill to include the Law Commission’s recommendation to make encouraging or assisting serious self-harm an offence.’

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Law Commission, 29th November 2022

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Chelsea Bridge death: family bring test case against police watchdog – The Guardian

‘The family of Oladeji Omishore, who drowned in June shortly after he was shot with a stun gun by police, are taking the police watchdog to the high court in a test case, accusing them of failing to properly investigate the officers involved.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2022

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The beginning of a pushback against Article 2 inquests? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2022 in appeals, drug abuse, human rights, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by tracey

‘In R (Morahan) v HM Assistant Coroner for West London [2022] EWCA Civ 1410, the Court of Appeal robustly rejected a challenge to the earlier decision of the Divisional Court that Article 2 did not apply to drug related death of a voluntarily admitted psychiatric patient.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th November 2022

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