Shortage of lay magistrates – become a magistrate – GOV.UK

The House of Commons Justice Committee has blamed government failure for the dramatic fall in magistrate numbers in England and Wales. The committee says the recent shortfall is “as frustrating as it was foreseeable” and that it has taken a “near crisis” to prompt the government into acting. In 2016, the committee warned the governmentContinue reading “Shortage of lay magistrates – become a magistrate – GOV.UK”

“An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old” well worth revisiting – published by RightsInfo

An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old – RightsInfo — Read on rightsinfo.org/an-important-uk-law-on-racial-discrimination-is-50-years-old/

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 http://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/interviews-100-cbt-therapists-reveal-43-cent-clients-experience-unwanted-side

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

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/

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 http://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/

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 theContinue reading “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”

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 http://www.unlock.org.uk/unlock-comment-dba-2018/

“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 http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/diversity-and-disability-the-equality-challenge/

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

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 http://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 andContinue reading “Pair were shadow directors but didn’t breach duties, says court”

Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles

The Guardian today reports that lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation. In my experience as a mediator, this is very true but not just for couples divorcing but forContinue reading “Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles”

Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored

There is no such thing as a typical grievance – each one’s different and this means that it’s far more difficult for employers to make plans in advance. However, there are underlying themes to any grievance and one of the most important is confidentiality. Grievance procedures involve matters that, whilst relatively ro — Read onContinue reading “Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored”

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog — Read on blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/enquire/2018/04/17/systemic-violence-wanted-unwanted-migrant-workers-urban-night/