Fighting ever increasing odds against a draconian intervention – and when is a without notice hearing acceptable? – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection recently ordered that a woman with late onset vascular dementia be transferred to a residential care home after relations between her son and care workers broke down. Alex Ruck Keene analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th November 2021

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IBA report links wellbeing to equality and diversity – Legal Futures

Posted November 29th, 2021 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, mental health, news, statistics by tracey

‘Women, ethnic and other minorities and young people in the legal profession are most likely to suffer from depression, showing a link between wellbeing and issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, according to a high-level report.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2021

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Deepcut deaths: army ‘treating victims’ families with contempt’ – The Guardian

‘The sister of Pte Sean Benton, who committed suicide at Deepcut barracks, has accused the British army of treating victims’ families with contempt after it emerged that the military had failed to honour a pledge made at his inquest in 2018.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2021

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Brook House detention centre whistleblower ‘abuse’ inquiry begins – BBC News

‘A public inquiry into the mistreatment of immigration detainees has heard a BBC Panorama documentary revealed “shocking” treatment which had “no place in a decent and humane” system.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2021

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Birmingham stabbings: man given minimum 21-year prison sentence – The Guardian

‘A man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia who killed a 23-year-old man and injured seven others in a violent stabbing spree in Birmingham last year has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 21 years.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2021

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People with mental illness in criminal justice system failed ‘at every stage’ – The Independent

‘The criminal justice system is “failing” people with a mental illness “at every stage”, a major report has found has found.’

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The Independent, 17h November 2021

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Soldier suicide in Windsor prompts coroner to issue recommendations – BBC News

‘A soldier’s suicide has prompted a coroner to issue a series of recommendations to the Army to prevent similar deaths in the future.’

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BBC News, 11th November 2021

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HIV patient ‘denied life-saving medication’ in UK detention centre – The Independent

‘A man with HIV who was awaiting deportation to Jamaica is being denied life-saving treatment in an immigration detention centre, The Independent has learned. The 42-year-old man relies on daily medication to manage his condition, and says the dosages for his other ailments, schizophrenia and depression, have been reduced by staff at Colnbrook Immigration Centre.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2021

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Capita pays compensation to family of woman who died after benefits cut – The Guardian

‘A government contractor has paid out “substantial” compensation following the death of a young mother who took an overdose after her disability benefits were removed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2021

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Does The Spectrum 10K Autism Study Endanger Human Rights? – Each Other

Posted November 1st, 2021 in autism, children, consent, DNA, human rights, medical ethics, mental health, news by tracey

‘Launched last month, Spectrum 10K is the UK’s largest study into autism to date. But according to campaigners, its ethics are questionable and autistic people are now calling for a boycott.’

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Each Other, 29th October 2021

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Judge credits psychological assessment with calming of “high octane” conflict between parents and care workers – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has credited a psychological assessment “almost entirely” for helping repair a deeply polarised relationship between care workers and the parents of a boy with serious disabilities who is subject of an application for a care order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th October 2021

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Julian Assange: what to expect from the extradition appeal – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2021 in appeals, extradition, mental health, news, spying, suicide by sally

‘The year began with a legal defeat for an attempt to extradite Julian Assange to face espionage charges in the US, but he has remained in Belmarsh prison pending an appeal.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2021

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HMP Leeds death could have been prevented by information sharing – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2021 in coroners, death in custody, inquests, law firms, mental health, news, prisons, solicitors, suicide by tracey

‘A prisoner may not have died if information was passed on about his suicidal thoughts, a coroner has said.’

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BBC News, 24th October 2021

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Family of vulnerable man found dead in Dorset prison demand reforms – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2021 in inquests, mental health, news, post-traumatic stress disorder, prisons, suicide by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable prisoner found hanged in his cell have called for improvements in how inmates with mental health issues are cared for after an inquest jury concluded there was a string of failings in his care.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2021

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Upper Tribunal decides modified Paposhvili test applies to mental illness/risk of suicide cases – EIN Blog

‘In MY (Suicide risk after Paposhvili) Occupied Palestinian Authority [2021] UKUT 232 (IAC) (23 August 2021), the Upper Tribunal made it clear from the outset that the appellant’s appeal was allowed on Article 3 health grounds, which was the determinative issue in the appeal.’

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EIN Blog, 15th October 2021

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Man shot by police was unlawfully killed, inquest finds – The Independent

‘A man who was shot dead by police while carrying an axe through the centre of Hull was unlawfully killed, an inquest jury has ruled.’

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The Independent, 16th October 2021

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Reading terror attacker loses bid to appeal whole-life prison sentence – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2021 in appeals, imprisonment, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The Reading terror attacker has lost a bid to appeal his whole-life prison sentence.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2021

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Terror offender accused of ‘grooming’ Manchester Arena bomber will refuse to answer inquiry questions – The Independent

‘A terror convict who allegedly “groomed” the Manchester Arena bomber will refuse to ask questions if he is ordered to give evidence at the public inquiry into the attack.’

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The Independent, 15th October 2021

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High Court refuses fresh inquest in welfare benefits case – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Dove v HM Assistant Coroner to Teeside and Hartlepool & Anor [2021] EWHC 2511, the High Court considered the State’s obligations under article 2 ECHR with respect to those in receipt of welfare benefits as well as the scope of coronial inquiries both where article 2 is and isn’t engaged. Although it was argued that failings by the Department of Work and Pensions were relevant to a death by suicide, a fresh inquest was refused in the circumstances.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th October 2021

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Facebook whistleblower claims checked for breach of UK law – BBC News

Posted October 14th, 2021 in children, internet, mental health, news, privacy, whistleblowers by sally

‘The data-privacy watchdog has written to a Facebook whistleblower, requesting her full evidence to see whether the technology company has broken UK law.’

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BBC News, 13th October 2021

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