Regulate social media to protect children from ‘online wild west’, say MPs – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2019 in children, codes of practice, internet, mental health, news by tracey

‘In a new report looking at the impact of social media on mental health, MPs said platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram should be regulated by Ofcom and forced to adhere to a statutory code of conduct.’

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The Independent, 18th March 2019

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Dementia as a Result of Traumatic Brain Injury: Fact or Fiction? – Byrom Chambers

Posted March 15th, 2019 in accidents, mental health, news, personal injuries, psychiatric damage by sally

‘Dementia is not one single disease. It is used to describe the group of symptoms that occur when there is a decline in brain function.’

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Byrom Chambers, 12th March 2019

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New guidance for prosecutors on mental health conditions and disorders – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 14th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, mental health, press releases, prosecutions by tracey

‘Guidance for prosecutors on dealing with defendants with mental health issues has been updated to reflect growing understanding of different conditions, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced today. The revised guidance is designed to assist decision making throughout the life of a criminal case, from the initial decision to prosecute, through fitness to plead to sentencing. It has been developed to understand changes in the mental health landscape such as diversion services, and community concerns about the impact on the criminal justice system. A consultation has now been launched so that the views of the public, charities, and health and legal professionals can be considered further before the guidance is finalised.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th March 2019

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A Brief Guide to Carrying out Capacity Assessments -39 Essex Chambers

‘This purpose of this document is to provide for social workers and those working in front-line clinical settings a brief overview of the law and principles relating to the assessment of capacity. Its focus is on (a) how to apply the MCA 2005 principles when assessing capacity; and (b) how to record your assessment, primarily in the context of health and welfare decisions.’

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39 Essex Chambers, March 2019

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The Cost Of Sickness: Mental Health Conditions Cost People Over £1000 A Year – Rights Info

Posted March 6th, 2019 in energy, internet, mental health, news, utilities by sally

‘A person suffering from mental health issues could be paying as much as £1,100 to £1,550 a year more than someone without a condition on necessities such as phone, internet and electricity bills, according to new research by Citizens Advice.’

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Rights Info, 4th March 2019

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Sally Challen appeal: judges give hope to women who killed their abusive husbands – Daily Telegraph

‘Dozens of women imprisoned for murdering their partners after violent, abusive relationships will seek to overturn their convictions, lawyers have said, after a wife jailed for bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer won her appeal to secure a retrial.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th February 2019

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Brain injuries in women prisoners are linked to mental illness and reoffending – The Independent

Posted February 26th, 2019 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, mental health, news, prisons, recidivists, women by tracey

‘People with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to be violent, more likely to go to prison at a younger age (and have multiple convictions) and more likely to disobey prison rules. They are also more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, more likely to have mental health problems and more likely to attempt suicide. Surprisingly, given the vast range of negative outcomes for this type of trauma, there have been few studies on brain injury among female prisoners.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Essex Police arrested man’s death sparks sex case suicide alert – BBC News

‘A police force will review how it assesses the suicide risk of people under suspicion of child sex offences.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2019

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Legal advice ‘could be given in GP surgeries’ – BBC News

Posted February 8th, 2019 in doctors, legal services, mental health, news by sally

‘Legal advice could be given in GP surgeries to address issues which could exacerbate mental health problems, the Ministry of Justice has said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

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Care home ‘neglect’ contributed to teenager’s death, inquest rules – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2019 in budgets, care homes, inquests, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘Neglect at a care home that had descended into “chaos” amid cost-cutting contributed to the death of Sophie Bennett, a mentally ill 19-year old, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2019

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Kathleen Griffin death: Torture killer ‘could have been stopped’ – BBC News

‘A woman was tortured and killed by a man who authorities should have stopped from living with her, a report said.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2019

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Judge “wrong” not to make unless order over unpaid costs – Litigation Futures

Posted February 5th, 2019 in assault, costs, human rights, judges, mental health, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘A circuit judge was wrong not to make an unless order against a claimant who failed to pay the costs of a preliminary hearing, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th January 2019

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Police restraint caused or contributed to death of teacher – inquest – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2019 in death in custody, inquests, mental health, news, police, restraint by tracey

‘A poet and teacher with mental health issues died after he was restrained in a prone position at a police station in west Wales, an inquest jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2019

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Police and NHS not liable to victim’s children in negligence or breach of human rights – UK Police Law Blog

‘In Griffiths v (1) Chief Constable of Suffolk (2) Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust [2018] EWHC 2538 (QB), the High Court dismissed claims that the Chief Constable and the NHS Trust were negligent in breaching their duties of care or had breached human rights.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 24th January 2019

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Housing association defeats defence against eviction based on ‘cuckooing’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The public sector equality duty should be considered in cases of ‘cuckooing’ where a vulnerable resident’s home is taken over by others as a base for drug consumption and dealing, the High Court has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2019

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Teenager killed herself after changes at mental care home, inquest told – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in care homes, inquests, mental health, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenager took her own life at a mental health care home after the charity in charge laid off external therapists, employed unqualified staff and turned it into a “boot camp”, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2019

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UK Benefits System Fails Mentally Ill Claimants ‘Disproportionately’ By Refusing Benefits – Rights Info

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in benefits, disabled persons, mental health, news by sally

‘The UK benefits system’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has been designed to support people living with disabilities – but handouts may be unfairly benefiting claimants with physical injuries over those with mental illnesses.’

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Rights Info, 22nd January 2019

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Was this woman wrongly convicted of murder? – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2019 in domestic violence, families, mental health, miscarriage of justice, murder, news, women by sally

‘Emma-Jayne Magson stabbed her partner with a steak knife then left him to bleed to death. Yet her family believes her murder conviction was a miscarriage of justice. Why?’

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BBC News, 10th January 2019

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Care of mental health patient who killed man to be subject of inquiry – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2019 in inquiries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘An inquiry has been commissioned after a man with paranoid schizophrenia who had lost touch with mental health services killed a stranger in a holiday town with a throwing knife.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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NHS Trust fined £300k after two employees stabbed by service user – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 7th, 2019 in fines, health & safety, hospitals, mental health, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘NHS Oxleas Foundation Trust was last month (20 December) fined £300,000 after two nurses suffered life-changing injuries when they were repeatedly stabbed by a service user.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th January 2019

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