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A council has said it is "unable to determine the exact circumstances" of how a grandmother suffered terrible injuries which her family believe were the result of multiple rat bites. Pamela Hudson, 75, was rushed to hospital from her council sheltered accommodation in York with injuries to her face, body…
More than two thirds of police forces in England and Wales are letting down vulnerable victims, a new report suggests. Four services were rated as "inadequate" for how they protect and support those at risk because of factors such as a disability, their age or having been subjected to repeated…
As Christmas approaches, Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to look after their mental health and that of their loved ones over the holiday period. Christmas is traditionally viewed as a time of celebration and happiness but for some it can also be stressful and lonely. In…
Two University of Leicester criminologists have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire to lead a project designed to inform the development of a new hate crime strategy and victims’ support service. Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti (both from the Centre for Hate Studies based…
A man in his 20s who has learning disabilities and could not tell a psychiatrist "how babies came" was married at a "very bling" £25,000 Muslim wedding in Pakistan, a family court judge has heard. The bride had worn "lavish" costumes, wedding photographs were bound in red leather, "much gold"…
Northern Ireland Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has confirmed that his department will implement a total of 13 recommendations to improve the Supporting People Programme following a Review of its efficiency. The Review found that the programme has delivered significant quality of life benefits and assisted the resettlement of…
Today, 1st December marks the launch of the See Me/Iriss Change Network Toolkit. In 2015, See Me, Iriss and the Scottish Mental Health Co-operative brought together a group of peer researchers and storytellers from across Scotland to understand change in communities in relation to mental health stigma and discrimination. Lessons…
Nottingham Trent University BA (Hons) Social Work student Lauren Hunt talks about her experience of supporting Carnival Mad 15, an event which aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing... On Saturday 10 October an exciting event took place in a usually quiet, academic space in Nottingham. The Institute…
Council social services staff unlawfully moved a vulnerable woman from her home and placed her in a care facility, a senior judge has said. Sir James Munby said the woman, who has a learning disability and was in her 20s when she was moved, lacked the mental capacity to make…
Wales’ Child and Adolescent mental health services are falling short of standards according to early research findings published this week. The findings were reported at the launch of Observatory@Bangor, the North Wales branch of the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People, based at Bangor University…
This is a critical time for mental health in Scotland. In the current climate of austerity, funding crises and shrinking services, people affected by mental health problems find it increasingly difficult to get the right kind of support when they require it. The problems are well-known. There are serious shortcomings…
A vulnerable woman embroiled in a family court fight over the future of her eight-year-old son may have been exploited by a psychologist, a judge has said. Dr Ludwig F Lowenstein could be in breach of professional codes of conduct, said Judge Mary Lazarus. The judge has raised concerns in…