Call for postmortem after asylum seeker’s death at car wash | UK news | The Guardian

This quotation is apt: “It is heartbreaking that Mustafa managed to escape all the dangers in Darfur and finally reached the UK in 2015 after travelling through dangerous places like Libya, crossing the Mediterranean in a dinghy, travelling through Europe to Calais then hiding under a lorry to get to the UK where he thought he would be safe at last,”

Family of Mustafa Dawood, who died as immigration officers raided premises, ‘seek truth’
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/17/call-for-postmortem-after-asylum-seekers-death-at-car-wash

If you or someone you know is concerned about becoming separated from their children through imprisonment this short film from Dr Shona Minson has advice on what you can do.

twitter.com/shonaminson/status/1014521757578022912

A danger in labelling social issues is highlighted by this recent report. That said, unsurprisingly social media ‘could’ be responsible for rise in lonely children, Childlike warns | The Independent

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show. Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show.

Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

This is only second year loneliness data has been recorded – it used to go down as “low self-esteem” or “unhappiness” – and the figures highlight a 14 per cent rise on the year before, when it assisted 4,063 young people struggling with feelings of isolation.

— Read on www.independent.co.uk/life-style/lonely-children-uk-rise-childline-counselling-girls-teenagers-social-media-a8428166.html

Very encouraging: Legal Challenge Over Rules That ‘Discriminate’ Against Autistic Pupils (and I read on Twitter the pro-change lawyer is excellent)

Legal Challenge Over Rules That ‘Discriminate’ Against Autistic Pupils
— Read on www.irwinmitchell.com/newsandmedia/2018/july/disabled-children-excluded-from-protection-under-equality-laws-jq-708321

Government announces scrapping of ‘disqualification by association’ in schools – Unlock – for people with convictions

“Today’s announcement to scrap the ‘disqualification by association’ rule from schools is long overdue but very welcomed. We’ve been calling for it to be scrapped for nearly 4 years because it did nothing to contribute towards safeguarding in schools. The arrangements were disproportionate, unfair and ineffective.”

— Read on www.unlock.org.uk/unlock-comment-dba-2018/

Some courts are trialling a new online service to apply about child arrangements. The court areas currently taking part are: Bristol, Grimsby, Guildford, Hull, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough and Watford.

To be able to try this service, the child or children must live within one of these court areas (you’ll be able to check this on the next page).

You’ll also need to meet the following criteria:

• you are a parent of the child or children

• you and the other person (the respondent) are both over 18

• you do not have a solicitor representing you

• you do not have a signed draft court order you want the court to consider making legally binding

— Read on apply-to-court-about-child-arrangements.dsd.io/

Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, major UK charity warns | Children & Young People Now

Read Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, charity warns and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005482/growing-number-of-children-at-risk-of-multiple-dangers-charity-warns

Popular early years interventions lack evidence, study finds | Children & Young People Now

Read Popular early years interventions lack evidence, study finds and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005495/popular-early-years-interventions-lack-evidence-study-finds

Commentary: A neuroscientist, once a child migrant, on how family separation affects the brain | Article [AMP] | Reuters

By Carlos Ponce While preparing for a recent move to St. Louis, Missouri, the first item I packed was my dearest possession, an old faded picture of
— Read on mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1JL1QX

Assisted suicide – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary | R (on the application of Conway) -v- The Secretary of State for Justice and Ors

Mr Conway is a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease (“MND”) in November 2014. By the time of the hearing before the Court of Appeal his condition had deteriorated to the extent that he required non-invasive ventilation (“NIV”) for approximately 23 hours each day. Mr Conway has to use a wheelchair and requires ever increasing levels of assistance with daily life, eating and bodily functions.

When Mr Conway has a prognosis of six months or less to live, he wishes to have the option of taking action to end his life peacefully and with dignity, accomplished with the assistance of the medical profession, at a time of his choosing, whilst remaining in control of such final act as may be required to bring about his death.

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
— Read on www.judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-conway-v-the-secretary-of-state-for-justice-and-ors/

Coram’s ground-breaking art and music therapy help children and young people overcome complex and traumatic backgrounds every day.

Discover how Coram offers children and young people ground-breaking art and music Creative Therapies at the Coram Campus in London, in schools and in the community.
— Read on www.coram.org.uk/how-we-do-it/our-creative-therapies

Who’s treated better – puppies or looked-after children? Howard League

The second blogpost by Ella Dhillon considers how our treatment of puppies compares to our treatment of looked-after children.
— Read on howardleague.org/blog/whos-treated-better-puppies-or-looked-after-children/

Financial abuse: Issues for Court of Protection and Probate Practitioners – Equity’s Darling

Financial abuse: Issues for Court of Protection and Probate Practitioners – Equity’s Darling
— Read on equitysdarling.co.uk/2017/06/16/financial-abuse-issues-for-court-of-protection-and-probate-practitioners/

The ongoing programme of reform to the justice system in England and Wales poses potentially serious problems for “digitally excluded” users.

Thunderclap
— Read on www.thunderclap.it/projects/70376-preventing-digital-exclusion

Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind – Legal Futures

Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind – Legal Futures
— Read on www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/court-users-must-buy-in-to-reforms-says-moj-pledges-vulnerable-will-not-be-left-behind

“An organization that tolerates abuse until it crosses a threshold into the realm of sexual harassment is not one that is going to engender trust among your workforce.”

Crisis of confidence – hrmannz.com
— Read on hrmannz.com/2018/06/04/crisis-of-confidence/amp/

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments
— Read on publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/non-judicial-member-for-the-sentencing-council-for-england-and-wales-senior-serving-police-officer/

The poor rate of employment and retention in employment for people with disabilities – remains stubbornly high.

Diversity and disability: the equality challenge – Personnel Today
— Read on www.personneltoday.com/hr/diversity-and-disability-the-equality-challenge/

“Despite having enough evidence to prove her own innocence at trial, she accepted her guilt to protect her fellow demonstrators” – disturbing

The Disappearing Trial Report | Fair Trials
— Read on www.fairtrials.org/the-disappearing-trial-report/

Special Educational Needs. What is a local offer?

What is a Local Offer?

In response to concerns from parents and others that they find it hard to access information about what support is available, the Children and Families Act 2014 requires every local authority in England to publish a ‘Local Offer’.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2014 (“the Code of Practice”) states that “Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN [Special Educational Needs] or are disabled, including those who do not have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.”

In just these few words the UN Secretary-General inspires millions of children and young persons around the globe

“One day I want to be the UN Secretary-General” – Humanitarian Fund restores hope in Somali children | OCHA
— Read on www.unocha.org/story/“one-day-i-want-be-un-secretary-general”-humanitarian-fund-restores-hope-somali-children

Anyone can fall prey to cyber criminals if they do not take basic security precautions when online. Here are the basics

The NCA’s mission is to lead the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime.
— Read on www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/online-threats-to-consumers

Are people on low incomes are effectively being denied access to justice? Amnesty International have pointed out, the cuts have created a “two-tier justice system”, leaving the most vulnerable in society without legal support – RightsInfo

Would You Cope in Court Without a Lawyer? – RightsInfo
— Read on rightsinfo.org/cope-court-without-lawyer/

Disclosing criminal convictions at work.

Many convictions are irrelevant or so past there rehabilitation period to be of no practical use. For this reason the CIPD have issued guidelines for employers.

https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/recruitment/pre-employment-checks-factsheet

www.theguardian.com/law/2018/may/09/childhood-crimes-over-30-years-ago-show-dbs-checks-study

Holiday pay

Without intending to teach anyone to suck eggs, thought this might be helpful for anyone in England or Wales, operating an April – March holiday year, as 2018/19 might need action from you

As you know, all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks minimum paid annual leave. For an employee working a five-day week, this = 28 days’ holiday. Contractually, we usually state either 20 days plus bank holiday or 28 days including bank holidays

(If you already give more to employees (for example 25 days plus bank holidays) you don’t need to do anything)

In 2018 Easter is split between March and April; Good Friday is on 30 Mar and Easter Monday on 2 Apr. If you have a holiday year running 1 Apr 2018 – 31 Mar 2019 this means you will not have a Good Friday BH because it falls in the 2017/18 holiday year

So, staff with a holiday entitlement of ‘20 days’ plus bank holidays’ will only be CONTRACTUALLY entitled to 27 days’ holiday in 2018/19—crucially, this is of course one day short of the legal minimum

If this is you, what do you need to do? As a minimum, you MUST give 5.6 weeks’ holiday. To avoid breaching your employee’s rights, you must top up your staff holiday entitlement for the 2018/2019 holiday year

And what about the 2017/18 holiday year? For the same reasons, folk with Apr-Mar holiday years might receive an extra day’s holiday in March 2018, giving 9 bank holidays in total for this holiday year – but it hangs on what your contracts say.

Option 1: Where your contract states the employee is entitled to ‘20 days’ plus eight bank holidays’ and LISTS the specific eight bank holidays, there will be no right to take the second Good Friday bank holiday

Option 2: Where your contract states ‘20 days’ plus bank holidays’ but doesn’t list or give a number to the bank holidays, your employees will be entitled to 29 days’ holiday in the 2017/18 holiday year

Option 3: Where your contract has an absolute contractual holiday cap of 28 days, holiday will be unaffected

Have your say. Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation inquiry – UK Parliament

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry into Dangerous Dogs: Breed Specific Legislation
— Read on www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/dangerous-dogs-breed-specific-legislation–17-19/

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.’

Draft Regulatory Action Policy | ICO
— Read on ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/ico-and-stakeholder-consultations/draft-regulatory-action-policy/

Is it time to extend FoI requests to suppliers of services to Local Authorities?

In its latest report, The Continuing Importance of Ethical Standards for Public Service Providers, the CSPL said there had been little real progress on measures to enforce ethical standards in outsourced public services.

Interesting case that has potential ramifications beyond the court. Security guard did not have authority to accept [court] informations ruled Admin Court

Local Government Lawyer – Security guard did not have authority to accept informations: Admin Court
— Read on www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

Pair were shadow directors but didn’t breach duties, says court

LEGAL UPDATE: Two men were shadow directors of an insolvent property development company and so did owe the company fiduciary duties but their behaviour did not breach those duties, the High Court in England has ruled.

“The judge said that it was clear that de facto directors had the same duties as regular directors and that the extent of shadow directors’ fiduciary duties will depend on the circumstances of each case.”

— Read on www.out-law.com/en/articles/2018/may/shadow-directors-restructuring-duties-unbreached/