Nothing prepares you for being a foster parent during a global pandemic – Metro

@MartinBarrow spotlights a paradox that has arisen in these strange and uncertain times where foster careers, (responsible on behalf of society) for other people’s children, are unable to see their own children or grandchildren. Recipe for future disharmony? — Read on metro.co.uk/2020/04/02/ive-fostering-12-years-navigating-global-pandemic-frightens-12493734/amp/

Children’s Commissioner for England warns the same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation are being repeated with gangs | Children’s Commissioner for England

Children’s Commissioner for England warns the same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation are being repeated with gangs | Children’s Commissioner for England — Read on http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2019/02/28/childrens-commissioner-for-england-warns-the-same-mistakes-that-led-to-child-sexual-exploitation-failings-are-being-repeated-with-gangs/

Hikikomori – a term seldom used and uncommon to most people but for some, psychologists are beginning to take more cognisance. “People Who Withdraw From Society For Months Or Years On End”

New Insights Into Hikikomori – People Who Withdraw From Society For Months Or Years On End – Research Digest — Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2019/05/22/new-insights-into-hikikomori-people-who-withdraw-from-society-for-months-or-years-on-end/amp/

Hopefully something you will not experience but for those who have: Women with learning disabilities living on locked wards– Centre for Disability Research (CeDR)

Accessible Summary: Women with learning disabilities living on locked wards – Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) — Read on wp.lancs.ac.uk/cedr/2018/05/16/women-with-learning-disabilities-living-on-locked-wards/

Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.

“Attachment theory, which was first proposed in the 1950s by the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, is one of the most influential in psychology. It argues for the importance of our earliest relationships with our caregivers, and predicts that these formative bonds will shape the nature of our connections with other people for the rest ofContinue reading “Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.”

‘Is it not children who bind not just families but the whole world together’ Kazuo Ishiguro, When we were orphans’.

Call for inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children – BBC News — Read on http://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-48230618

Inspiring article ‘Jon Adams was aged 52 learnt learned he had Asperger syndrome. He and others explain the impact – The Guardian

Jon Adams was 52 when he learned he had Asperger syndrome. As adult referrals rise, he and others explain the impact – good and bad – of a late diagnosis — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/19/autism-diagnosis-late-in-life-asperger-syndrome-john-harris

“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/

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

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

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 http://www.mothersesquire.com/mothersesquire-blog/2018/10/15/motherhood-penalty-amp-breastfeeding

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

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

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 whilstContinue reading “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”

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 http://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/

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

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/

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 http://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 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/

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.

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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”

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 http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005482/growing-number-of-children-at-risk-of-multiple-dangers-charity-warns

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

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/

“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/

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/

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/

Tell us why you think young people in Britain are so unhappy | Society | The Guardian. Get it off your chest…..

With research saying that the happiness of young Brits has never been lower we’d like to hear what you think — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/06/tell-us-why-you-think-young-people-in-britain-are-so-unhappy