Prisoners with severe mental health needs spending months in isolation, report finds – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2024 in mental health, news, prisons, reports, self-harm by sally

‘A prisoner who repeatedly self-harmed spent more than 800 days in segregation, according to a damning report that reveals that jails are using isolation to manage severe mental health needs.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2024

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Suicide and violence in prisons rise by nearly 25%, as self-harm hits all-time high among women prisoners – The Independent

Posted October 27th, 2023 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, statistics, suicide, violence, women by sally

‘Suicide and serious violence have risen by nearly a quarter in men’s prisons in England and Wales, with self-harm skyrocketing to an all-time high in the women’s estate, as the government scrambles to ease the strain on jails overcrowded to breaking point.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2023

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‘You cr** where you eat’: Grim state of UK prisons revealed as inmates crammed into cells for 23 hours a day – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2023 in mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘Former inmates have revealed the “disgusting” conditions they are living under in some of the UK’s most overcrowded prisons as new figures show the crisis is nearing breaking point.’

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The Independent, 2nd October 2023

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UN torture expert urges UK government to review indefinite sentences – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2023 in imprisonment, news, self-harm, sentencing, suicide, torture by tracey

‘A UN torture expert has called on the UK government to urgently review all sentences imposed on prisoners held indefinitely under the “widely discredited” imprisonment for public protection (IPP) scheme.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2023

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Court of Appeal finds recorder was wrong to decide there was no necessity for psychological assessment – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother against care and placement orders made in respect of her son, after finding the recorder was wrong to decide that there was “no necessity for a psychological assessment”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th July 2023

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UK deportation centre used force 18 times to stop self-harm last year, figures show – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2023 in asylum, detention, news, self-harm, suicide by sally

‘Asylum seekers awaiting deportation at a detention centre were physically prevented from taking their own lives or self-harming on 18 occasions last year, detailed official accounts show.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2023

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West Lane Hospital: Mental health care ‘chaotic and unsafe’ – BBC News

Posted March 21st, 2023 in hospitals, mental health, news, reports, self-harm, young persons by tracey

‘A mental health unit criticised over the deaths of three teenagers was “chaotic and unsafe”, a report found.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2023

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Exeter Prison ‘needs to be safer to make community safer’ – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2023 in death in custody, mental health, news, prisons, self-harm, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘A Devon prison has to be safer for inmates to ensure communities are safer, an inspector has said.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2023

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Archie Battersbee’s death was an accident, coroner concludes – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2023 in accidents, children, inquests, mental health, news, self-harm by sally

‘Archie Battersbee, whose parents fought a lengthy battle to prevent his life support being switched off, died as a result of a prank or experiment gone wrong, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 8th February 2023

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Judge lambasts education secretary over lack of secure places for children – The Guardian

‘The country’s most senior family judge has accused the education secretary of “complacency bordering on cynicism” in a scathing judgment that deplores the lack of secure, therapeutic placements in England and Wales for scores of children with complex needs at risk of taking their own lives.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2023

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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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NHS pays out £20m in clinical negligence claims over children’s mental health care – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2022 in assault, children, compensation, hospitals, mental health, negligence, news, self-harm by tracey

‘The NHS has paid out at least £20m over poor care in children’s mental health services, a leaked report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2022

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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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Leeds prison punished inmates by restricting showers, report finds – The Guardian

‘Prisoners were unlawfully prevented from showering daily as punishment for poor behaviour, with shielding and self-isolating inmates also unable to do so, according to a damning report.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2021

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Family lawyers suffering from job insecurity and stress, survey finds – Legal Futures

‘Only half of family law professionals feel secure in their jobs right now, while a quarter are actively considering leaving the profession due to wellbeing concerns, major research has found.’

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Family Law, 21st May 2021

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Home Office’s rush to deport asylum seekers before Brexit was ‘inhumane’, watchdog finds – The Independent

‘The Home Office’s rush to deport asylum seekers last year ahead of Brexit amounted to “inhumane treatment,” a watchdog has found. In its annual report for 2020, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) raised concerns around the impact of the government ramping up efforts to remove people arriving on small boats from the UK in the later months of 2020.’

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The Independent, 20th May 2021

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Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has pursued a policy of psychological brutality by locking up scores of torture survivors in solitary confinement for indefinite periods, according to fresh testimony from immigration detainees.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2021

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Judge issues second ruling sharply criticising lack of suitable regulated placement for vulnerable 16-year-old woman with complex needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has sent a second judgment in less than a month – this time “more in exasperated hope than expectation” – to the Children’s Commissioner for England, the Secretary of State for Education, the Minister for Children and others over the lack of regulated accommodation for vulnerable children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2020

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Facebook’s Instagram ‘failed self-harm responsibilities’ – BBC News

‘Children’s charity the NSPCC has said a drop in Facebook’s removal of harmful content was a “significant failure in corporate responsibility”.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2020

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Controversial immigration detention centre in Lincolnshire to close – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2020 in detention, immigration, news, prisons, reports, self-harm, violence by sally

‘A controversial immigration detention centre where several deaths have occurred in recent years is to close.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2020

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