Universal credit ‘a serious threat to public health, after a study revealed that the stress of coping with the new benefits system had so profoundly affected claimants’ mental health that some considered suicide.’

Research for Gateshead council finds system increases depression and anxiety
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/15/exclusive-new-study-links-universal-credit-to-increased-suicide-risk

One hoax phone call, 12 years behind bars: the prisoners with learning disabilities – excellent report by journalists at the Guardian

A disproportionate number of people in UK prisons have learning disabilities. Three of them tell their stories
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/one-hoax-phone-call-12-years-behind-bars-the-prisoners-with-learning-disabilities

The government’s figures show big rises in the numbers of education, health and care plan assessments being refused or delayed “People give up’ – disturbing and something I see in my day job mediating between parents and local authorities.

— Read on amp.theguardian.com/education/2017/sep/05/crisis-in-support-for-sen-children-ehc-plans

Home Affairs Committee airs “particular” concerns about the impact on children of court proceedings, and the lack of co-ordinated support for them. There is a need for more specialist children’s workers who are trained to recognise the impact of domestic abuse on children, and to ensure that the relevant statutory organisations respond to their needs. We recommend that the new Commissioner should have, as a priority in the first year of office, to review the impact upon children of the interaction between the family courts, children’s services, CAFCASS and the police, with particular reference to contact arrangements in domestic violence cases. (Paragraph 119)

Domestic Abuse – Home Affairs Committee – House of Commons
— Read on publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhaff/1015/101509.htm

“Being sectioned can be a hugely traumatic, not just for the person with a mental illness, but also for their families and close friends. Witnessing someone you love, pushed to the point of needing involuntary, professional intervention is really scary, and can leave you feeling utterly helpless. ” A new BBC Three show, In My Skin, explores the idea of caring for a family member with severe mental illness.

It can leave you feeling utterly helpless.
— Read on metro.co.uk/2018/10/21/this-is-what-it-is-like-to-have-a-relative-who-has-been-sectioned-8050918/amp/

Who and why train to fight, as an amateur poses more than questions about being pugilistic? Are we ‘seeing a wave of sexism and toxic masculinity, relatedly, racism and it’s all being normalized?’

Why Do Men Fight?: An Interview with Thomas Page McBee

Why Do Men Fight?: An Interview with Thomas Page McBee
— Read on longreads.com/2018/08/22/why-do-men-fight-an-interview-with-thomas-page-mcbee/

Thought provoking essay “The Power in Knowing: Black Women, HIV, and the Realities of Safe Sex”

An invitation to appear in a PSA prompts Minda Honey to reflect on the responsibilities of safe sex, and her imperfect past.
— Read on longreads.com/2018/06/18/the-power-in-knowing-black-women-hiv-and-the-realities-of-safe-sex/

Students should be encouraged to think and challenge – so to be excluded from Spalding Grammar School after ‘silent protest’ over controversial bags policy is (IMHO) excessive.

An A-Level student was excluded from Spalding Grammar School for two days after silent protest over controversial ban on large bags.
— Read on www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/student-excluded-after-silent-protest-over-controversial-bags-policy-9046813/

Motherhood Penalty & Breastfeeding — MothersEsquire

“Women who elect to breastfeed may face greater and long-term career stigma,
including salary loss. Forcing women to choose between feeding their
infants the way they choose and losing ground at work is yet another part
of the attrition rate of women lawyers.”
— Read on www.mothersesquire.com/mothersesquire-blog/2018/10/15/motherhood-penalty-amp-breastfeeding

David Rees QC and Tom Entwistle act in important test cases on euthanasia and assisted dying in the context of Lasting Powers of Attorney. – 5 Stone Buildings

David Rees QC and Tom Entwistle act in important test cases on euthanasia and assisted dying in the context of Lasting Powers of Attorney. – 5 Stone Buildings
— Read on www.5sblaw.com/news/david-rees-qc-and-tom-entwistle-act-in-important-test-cases-on-euthanasia-and-assisted-dying-in-the-context-of-lasting-powers-of-attorney/

Domestic Violence against women. Free online courses available from HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)

The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme and the Council of Europe Violence against Women Division have together created the free online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

This online course covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the international and European legal framework and the European case law governing the prevention and protection of women and girls from violence, focusing in particular on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).

Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. It can take many forms, such as physical violence, sexual abuse, stalking, female genital mutilation or forced marriages. Despite some positive developments in law, policies and practices,   violence against women, including domestic violence occurs everywhere.

Violence against women is a complex issue, particularly when it occurs within the home, which can be compounded by the response of authorities to whom women turn for help. A comprehensive European course on the topic for a better understanding of violence against women and domestic violence by legal professionals was therefore needed.

The free HELP course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence offers a comprehensive curriculum to improve the quality of the judicial response in violence against women cases and support the access to justice for victims of violence while prosecuting perpetrators.

The course consists of the following substantive modules:

• Understanding violence against women and domestic violence

• International and European Legal Framework

• Overcoming barriers / access to Justice

• Criminal Justice Response I – Investigation and pre-trial

• Criminal Justice Response II – Trial and sentencing

• Civil Justice Response

• Alternative Dispute Resolution

www.coe.int/en/web/istanbul-convention/help-online-course

“We know that the status children have can change easily and sometimes frequently. The lack of legal aid available for families to resolve their immigration status can mean children fall in and out of services, leaving them exposed to considerable risk. “Undocumented children are often excluded from accessing mainstream benefits, secondary NHS healthcare and local authority homelessness assistance, and their parents are sometimes not allowed legally to work. Children in such families, care leavers and young adults who are over 18 with unresolved immigration issues are at serious risk of destitution and, at worst, abuse and exploitation, as a result of hardening immigration policies and cuts to legal aid. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates
— Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

The Equality and Human Rights Commission also drew attention to the fact that the removal of most private family law from the scope of legal aid affects women disproportionately, and of course the removal of most immigration law impacts people from certain ethnic minorities. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates from Hansard are published on this website the next working day.
— Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda

Since 2012, ROTA has been gathering evidence on informal school exclusions, a practice which has continued, under various guises, including ‘off rolling’ and ‘home schooling’ to the detriment of pupils and their families who have experienced this. We report here on new information coming through, that suggests that the issue, far from going away, is becoming worse.
— Read on www.rota.org.uk/content/new-evidence-informal-exclusions

In Britain every child has fundamental expectation. That’s why heads, teachers, support staff and parents are urging HM Gov to: Properly fund SEND in all schools/colleges, ensuring no child has to wait for a place in school Give funding back to local authorities so they can commission SEND support and services in line with what children in their community need Education Secretary Damian Hinds: urgently fund education for children with special needs.

The Government is failing to provide funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). For schools, 91% of whom are facing real-terms budget cuts, it’s becoming increasin…
— Read on actionnetwork.org/forms/education-secretary-damian-hinds-urgently-fund-education-for-children-with-special-needs

Help required from autistic adults (>18 years) to feedback on mental health assessment tools in an anonymous online survey. Your feedback will make sure questions in new adapted tools are appropriate for those on autistic spectrum: Autism Delphi Survey

Qualtrics sophisticated online survey software solutions make creating online surveys easy. Learn more about Research Suite and get a free account today.
— Read on nottinghampsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4hJq71rBr7CEux

From art to autism, a blog which also happens to briefly touch on the prevailing view on autism during the 1960s and 70s in terms of causes? | The Psychologist

From art to autism | The Psychologist
— Read on thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-26/edition-12/art-autism

What is a mentor? The outcome of successful mentoring is development of the person being mentored. By definition, then, a mentor is someone who successfully develops someone else. It’s not an easy thing to do. What qualities do you need to possess to be a successful mentor?

What is a mentor? All you think a mentor is, and a lot more – Investors in People
— Read on www.investorsinpeople.com/what-is-a-mentor-all-you-think-a-mentor-is-and-a-lot-more/

Evidence suggests contact with the criminal justice system in non-custodial settings is associated with higher mortality rates than those found in the general population, such neglect is concerning. Suicide and community justice | Health & Justice | Full Text

There has long been concern about the number of people who die in custody in England and Wales, particularly in prisons or police stations. The concern is obviously heightened when people die either at their own hand, or at the hands of others. Yet there has been selective critical gaze, and people who die whilst under probation or community supervision have been neglected (Phillips, J, Gelsthorpe, L, Padfield, N., Criminology & Criminal Justice,
https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895817745939

, 2017). Given that there is evidence to suggest that contact with the criminal justice system in non-custodial settings is associated with higher mortality rates than those found in the general population, such neglect is concerning. This article explores data which has been published since 2016 by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) on the deaths of offenders whilst under supervision. We draw on data which is collected by probation providers and collated by HMPPS to present original analyses, with particular focus on deaths by suicide. We calculate rates of self-inflicted deaths and rate ratios with the general population and the prison population. The suicide rates for all groups within the sample are higher than the general population. We explore the utility of the data in helping us to understand the trends regarding people dying whilst under probation supervision with a particular focus on suicide, and highlight areas where the dataset is deficient. We conclude that whilst the dataset can be used to calculate headline rates of suicide it raises many questions in terms of the extant risks that people on probation face, and we explore ways in which the data can be used more fully to understand this important social and public health issue. We consider ways in which the dataset could be matched with other datasets in future research so that health issues might be brought into the analysis, and reflect on other research methodologies which would add depth to our understanding of why the mortality rate amongst people in contact with the criminal justice system is higher than in the general population.
— Read on healthandjusticejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40352-018-0072-7

Justice Update:Written statement – HCWS853 – UK Parliament

Government (at last) announces loosening of controls over to legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children. Simple really, shame it required a Charity to widen the remit. Nothing short of a full reinstatement of Legal Aid is sufficient.
— Read on www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-07-12/HCWS853

“What Happens Next? report again highlights the fact that there are notable differences in the outcomes of disabled and non-disabled graduates- and this employment disadvantage experienced by graduates with disabilities has clear links to social mobility. This represents an issue that should be tackled not only for moral purposes, but also for economic reasons: disabled graduates represent a talented group of individuals who have the potential to contribute to the UK economy and so be of benefit to all society. | Wonkhe Analysis

Keren Coney summarises this year’s AGCAS study into the destinations of disabled graduates
— Read on wonkhe.com/blogs/the-destinations-of-disabled-graduates/

I see this every day in my professional capacity. A “silent crisis” in the care system has left more than 13,000 children with unacceptable levels of support from local authorities, an analysis warns. Tens of thousands more are being looked after by English councils that are deemed to be in need of improvement, with warnings that a £3bn shortfall in the budget for children’s services will emerge by 2025. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the findings cast “a stark spotlight on the inadequacies of systems that are meant to be in place to support our most vulnerable children”. | The Guardian

Short-term thinking and lack of funding are wrecking the life chances of young people in the care of local authorities
— Read on www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/18/crisis-inadequate-council-caring-for-thousands-of-children-local-authority-care

Disabled people have the right to participate in society on an equal and accessible basis. In the UK the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people in terms of work, education or the provision of products & services. Employers, educators and providers of goods and services must make all reasonable changes to the way they do things to avoid excluding or disadvantaging disabled people.

Home Page
— Read on justreasonable.org.uk/

Collaboration is the Way Forward, says Report — Global Pound Conversation

A report by Herbert Smith Freehills, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the International Mediation Institute reveals that parties want to resolve their disputes through “mixed mode dispute resolution” and collaborative processes, rather than adversarial processes like arbitration
— Read on www.globalpound.org/2018/05/16/collaboration-is-the-way-forward-says-report/

Harsh words reflecting on “the state The Ministry of injustice. Why legal aid must be rescued from the MOJ’s baleful grip” from an experienced and well regarded solicitor- MINTED LAW

As a lawyer I tend to defend rather than prosecute although I have done both. But in either role it is important to attempt to appraise the evidence with a cool clear eyed approach. The evidence that the Ministry of justice is utterly unfit to be the custodian of access to justice has now become…
— Read on mintedlaw.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/the-ministry-of-injustice-why-legal-aid-must-be-rescued-from-the-mojs-baleful-grip/

CBT revolutionised mental health care. For many mental health conditions, there is now considerable evidence that CBT is as, or more, effective than drug treatments. Yet, just like any form of psychotherapy, CBT is not without the risk of unwanted adverse effects.

Interviews with 100 CBT-therapists reveal 43 per cent of clients experience unwanted side-effects from therapy | BPS
— Read on www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/interviews-100-cbt-therapists-reveal-43-cent-clients-experience-unwanted-side

Bizarre that match funding should be a requirement when biding for Early Intervention Youth Funds – when no actual figure is set| Children & Young People Now

Read Home Office doubles size of Early Intervention Youth Fund to £22m and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005613/home-office-doubles-size-of-early-intervention-youth-fund-to-gbp22m

The dystopia of the child-protection industry, interesting article that in-part explains why the UK approach to having an Independent Person shadowing complaint investigators is beneficial | spiked

From Norway to Britain, more kids are being seized from their parents.
— Read on www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-dystopia-of-the-child-protection-industry/21673

At first HM Govt make social housing a scarce resource, then they make access to that resource almost impossible even for this who are suffering further hardship. They could allow local authorities to build more houses. Gullu, R (On the Application BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) (26 July 2018)

Gullu, R (On the Application Of) v THE LONDON BOROUGH OF HILLINGDON [2018] EWHC 1937 (Admin) (26 July 2018)
— Read on www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi(1937%22

Homelessness: Are temporary accommodation boards in London a way forward? |Trust for London

A different way of working?: Temporary Accommodation Boards in London | Trust for London
— Read on www.trustforlondon.org.uk/news/different-way-working-temporary-accommodation-boards-london/

The continuing cruelty & deceit of our elected Government says a lot about the electorate and society – The Guardian

DWP was found to have unlawfully discriminated against men who were forced on to universal credit
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/31/government-to-pay-thousands-to-disabled-men-over-benefits-discrimination-universal-credit

Vulnerable Havering residents moved to flats – most of which had no furniture at all, including not having a bed, meaning families with children were forced to sleep on the floor – and some had been given one housing offer and 24 hours to ‘take it or leave it’.- Romford Recorder

Havering Council has been urged to treat its homeless with more respect after a number of the borough’s vulnerable people were moved to Clacton without the council there being informed.
— Read on www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/tendring-council-condemns-havering-s-treatment-of-vulnerable-homeless-1-5631643

Appalling conduct by Home Office: ‘Child refugees may be missing because of Home Office failure’ says Safe Passage charity, as government loses at Court of Appeal

‘Child refugees may be missing because of Home Office failure’ says Safe Passage charity, as government loses at Court of Appeal | Safe Passage UK
— Read on safepassage.org.uk/press_posts/child-refugees-may-be-missing-because-of-home-office-failure-says-safe-passage-charity-as-government-loses-at-court-of-appeal/

What would it take to end homelessness? Find out and join the debate at this free evening seminar in London Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 17.30 to 19.30

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First the NHS, then Justice and Local Govt crumble “risks of standards in local government being breached have increased since 2010 while mitigations have been weakened or removed, Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has warned.”

Local Government Lawyer – Risks of standards breaches have increased, while mitigations weakened: Solace
— Read on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

A councillor has won a High Court battle with a town council in Herefordshire over sanctions the authority imposed following a complaint by the clerk and deputy clerk.

Local Government Lawyer – Councillor succeeds in High Court challenge to imposition of sanctions
— Read on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

This article on paid domestic violence leave (a world first?) might not encourage employers to offer it, but at the very least recognise the genuine harm endured by victims| World news | The Guardian

MPs cheer after legislation passes to tackle what one called ‘horrifying’ rates of family violence
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/26/new-zealand-paid-domestic-violence-leave-jan-logie

Are we about to rediscover Freud “many mental disorders are manifestations of relatively few core underlying dimensions.” ?

By looking past surface issues and gripping the fundamental mental processes that drive confusion and distress, we might be better placed to remedy them. By Alex Fradera
— Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2018/07/19/searching-for-the-fundamental-mental-processes-that-cut-across-diagnostic-categories-driving-confusion-and-distress/

Disturbing to read “Crouch has confirmed that £9,781,587 handed to providers in 2016 on places that were not filled cannot be recouped because the money was spent on “upfront costs.”

Read In the July edition of CYP Now: Children’s zone, care commissioning special and Tracy Brabin and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005485/in-the-july-edition-of-cyp-now-childrens-zone-care-commissioning-special-and-tracy-brabin

Good to read that HM Govt (DfE) is to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care BUT can you think of a one size fits’ all approach that Govt have made work. Surely properly funded localism with strategy set by Govt is best?

Read DfE to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005560/dfe-to-establish-national-stability-forum-for-childrens-social-care

Much is said about excluded pupils but what of those unofficially excluded or pressurised to withdraw and ‘abandoned by education system’ ?

Watch here how exclusion impacts children (from their perspective) and read pupils ‘abandoned by education system’ and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005567/excluded-pupils-abandoned-by-education-system

Rightly, campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s cruel children’s mental health plans

Read Campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s children’s mental health plans and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005569/campaigners-criticise-scale-and-pace-of-governments-childrens-mental-health-plans

New drive to help victims and witnesses give best evidence in South East – GOV.UK

Vulnerable victims and witnesses in the South East who need help giving evidence will soon have more support than ever – as the number of specially trained intermediaries continues to rise.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drive-to-help-victims-and-witnesses-give-best-evidence-in-south-east

The back story to Lee Kuan Yew’s gay grandson publicly comes out is the true story of courage, determination and politics in Singapore

Latest Singapore News and Headlines, Top Stories and Alternative Perspectives.
— Read on theindependent.sg/lee-kuan-yews-gay-grandson-publicly-comes-out-of-the-closet/

Delighted to read Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, Li Huanwu, publicly came out of the closet earlier this month. Both Huanwu and his boyfriend, Yirui Heng, were featured in the Out in Singapore platform, which aims to foster acceptance and support for “LGBTQ persons who wish to come out to family, friends and peers in the community.”

Latest Singapore News and Headlines, Top Stories and Alternative Perspectives.
— Read on theindependent.sg/lee-kuan-yews-gay-grandson-publicly-comes-out-of-the-closet/

“Surrogate children are often left in legal limbo in Britain,” but the Times writes “reforms are on the way How the law is catching up with surrogacy”

Advances in medical science and shifts in attitudes to the meaning of family have led to a growth in non-traditional methods of procreation, including surrogacy.Ministry of Justice figures show that in the ten years to 2016, the number of parental order applications — the process by which legal pare
— Read on www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/how-the-law-is-catching-up-with-surrogacy-zn988n0rv

Quite rightly ‘Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid’

Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid
— Read on www.womensaid.org.uk/resolution-the-law-society-and-womens-aid-issue-joint-call-to-government-to-urgently-ban-cross-examination-of-victims-by-their-abusers-in-the-family-courts/

Universal credit has failed and more people are suffering significant hardship – Child Poverty Action Group

It’s time to start listening: what the Department for Work and Pensions needs to learn about universal credit | Child Poverty Action Group
— Read on www.cpag.org.uk/content/it’s-time-start-listening-what-department-work-and-pensions-needs-learn-about-universal-cred