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


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

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