Mental health may be biggest factor in UK homicides, study finds – The Guardian

Posted November 15th, 2022 in gangs, homicide, mental health, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘Mental health problems may more often be a factor in homicides than gang membership, with most killings potentially preventable, a study suggests.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2022

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Solicitor awarded £32,000 over anxiety during employment transfer – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor whose employment was transferred to another firm without notice or consultation has succeeded in a claim for constructive dismissal.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th November 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Assault EW cases and the perverse effects of virtue-signalling legislation – Counsel

Posted November 10th, 2022 in assault, autism, emergency services, hospitals, imprisonment, mental health, news, police by sally

‘Defence lawyers are concerned that charging is frequently not in the public interest and that defendants with severe mental health problems and/or who are neurodivergent are being pointlessly swept into the criminal justice system, warns Penelope Gibbs.’

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Counsel, November 2022

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Mental health patients held ‘unlawfully’ in A&Es across the country, experts warn – The Independent

Posted November 8th, 2022 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, time limits by sally

‘Mental health patients are being held “unlawfully” in A&Es across the country as long waits for care and beds force staff into “fudging” the law, The Independent has been told.’

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The Independent, 8th November 2022

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GPs giving antidepressants to children against guidelines – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2022 in children, codes of practice, doctors, medicines, mental health, news by tracey

‘GPs are breaching medical guidelines by prescribing antidepressants for children as young as 11 who cannot get other help for their mental health problems, NHS-funded research reveals.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2022

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Law Society calls for Mental Health Act reform to be prioritised after data shows disproportionate impact on Black British people – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Law Society has said that reforming the Mental Health Act “must be a priority for the government” after annual statistics on the Mental Health Act have revealed that Black British people are still disproportionately affected in terms of detention and treatment compared to white people.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Three girls died after major failings in NHS mental health care, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in hospitals, inquiries, mental health, news, suicide, young persons by sally

‘Three teenage girls died after major failings in the care they received from NHS mental health services in the north-east of England, an independent investigation has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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Ex-soldier inquest: ‘Veteran died after police Taser’ – BBC News

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in armed forces, firearms, inquests, mental health, news, police by sally

‘An Iraq and Afghanistan veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder died after being Tasered by police, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2022

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GPS tagging migrants ‘psychological torture’, says report – The Guardian

‘Lawyers and charities have called for controversial electronic tagging of migrants to be scrapped, describing it in a new report as a form of “psychological torture”.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2022

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Hoarding and mental capacity – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 28th, 2022 in Court of Protection, local government, mental health, news by tracey

‘A recent Court of Protection ruling is important reading for the wide range of practitioners dealing with hoarding cases, write Julia Jones and Kate Hicks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th October 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Roseberry Park Hospital failing to keep patients safe, CQC finds Published 2 hours ago – BBC News

Posted October 28th, 2022 in hospitals, mental health, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance by tracey

‘A troubled mental health hospital is not keeping patients safe, lacks staff and is failing to record alleged sexual abuse, a watchdog has found.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

High Court judge approves unregistered placement for teenage girl with “nowhere else to go” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Division judge has directed that a teenage girl at risk of suicide should be moved from hospital to a placement even though the latter is unregistered and the provider could be at risk of legal action by Ofsted.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st October 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Is Enough Being Done To Support ‘Adults At Risk’ In Immigration Detention? – Each Other

Posted October 24th, 2022 in detention, government departments, immigration, mental health, news by sally

‘The UK government can detain people considered not to have the legal right to be in the UK or whose claim to stay in the UK is being decided under immigration powers. These people can be detained by the Home Office in immigration removal centres (IRCs) in the UK, or prisons if they are serving a custodial sentence. But what happens when someone in detention is considered ‘particularly vulnerable to harm in immigration detention’?’

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Each Other, 24th October 2022

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Judge approves C-section for pregnant woman with mental health difficulties – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2022 in birth, consent, mental health, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Doctors can carry out a caesarean section on a heavily pregnant woman with mental health difficulties without her approval if needed, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2022

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Watchdog facing legal action over death of Black man tasered on Chelsea Bridge – The Independent

Posted October 18th, 2022 in judicial review, mental health, minorities, news, police, weapons by sally

‘The family of a vulnerable Black man who died after being tasered by police and then jumping from Chelsea Bridge have threatened to sue the police watchdog.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2022

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Rwanda deportation: Asylum seeker ‘treated like animal’ in UK launches legal challenge against electronic tag – The Independent

‘An asylum seeker electronically tagged by the government after being selected for removal to Rwanda is launching a legal challenge.’

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The Independent, 13th October 2022

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Judge approves unlawful placement for girl, 13, at risk of suicide – The Guardian

‘A 13-year-old girl at risk of suicide and in the care of Manchester city council has languished in hospital for more than three months due to a lack of suitable placements anywhere in the country.’

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The Guardian, 12th October 2022

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Student suicides: Parents seek law change to prevent deaths – BBC News

‘A group of parents whose children killed themselves at university are campaigning for a change in law to make the institutions more accountable. They want universities to have a legal duty of care towards their students, like schools already do.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2022

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Serial cyberstalker who harassed dozens of women has jail term cut – The Guardian

‘The court of appeal has reduced the jail sentence of a serial cyberstalker who harassed women by creating fake social media accounts to spread fake claims about them.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2022

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Molly Russell: Social media a factor in teenager’s death, coroner says

‘The “negative effects of online content” were a factor in the death of a girl who took her own life, an inquest has found.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk