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

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/

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

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

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

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/

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/

Tough reading, a persoective: “Britain: The Empire that Never Was”

“Why Brexit is the culmination of a British national project which weaponises imperial amnesia and nostalgia. Brexit sold the country a dream; ostensibly a project built on anti-migrant sentiment, it also invoked delusions of grandeur, rooted in reanimating the glorious days of imperial rule and global British”

You can see where this is coming from, but read on:

criticallegalthinking.com/2017/10/31/britain-empire-never/