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 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/

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 of our lives. Remarkably, however, psychologists still know relatively little about how people’s attachment style – essentially their characteristic style of relating to other people – typically varies through life. “How do attachment orientations change across the life span? Unfortunately … this critical question has eluded researchers,” write William Chopik and colleagues in their recently published paper in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
— Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2019/05/09/first-study-to-investigate-how-attachment-style-changes-through-multiple-decades-of-life/amp/

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

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 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 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

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

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/

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

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/

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/

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

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