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Half of England is now covered by a new service to make sure people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities such as debt or homelessness are supported in police custody and the courts. Sixteen new ‘Liaison and Diversion’ (L&D) teams are now up and running, bringing the…
Following a consultation under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government, the Department of Health has now published some changes to Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice. This consultation proposed changes to legislation governing the treatment of people with mental health problems. The consultation received 344…
A report published today gives a snapshot of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients in either NHS or independent services, and provides a new insight into regional variations of care. The 'Learning Disability Census: Further Analysis Report', is published by the Health and Social Care Information…
Jurors have retired in the trial of three men accused of a catalogue of sex assaults over a 30-year period at a school for vulnerable children. Colwyn Baker, David Hennessy and Nigel Putman are said to have preyed on youngsters at the now-defunct Swaylands School in Penshurst, Kent, from 1963…
The University of Aberdeen's commitment to welcoming and supporting applicants and students with experience of being 'in care' has been recognised with the Buttle UK Quality Mark. The Quality Mark is awarded to further and higher education providers by Buttle UK, the UK charity set up to give more young…
An academic from the University of West London's (UWL) School of Psychology, Social Work and Human Sciences, presented research at a recent conference about the risks that children face online. Organised by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission, delegates from across the UK attended the event titled Protecting Our Children…
The aim of the research was to explore the costs of short break services for disabled children and their families. The study also sought to understand the contracting and commissioning process, including the factors that inform decision making processes and the management of budgets. The research was commissioned by Action…
Too many children and adults are continuing to go into mental health hospitals and stay there unnecessarily despite the Government promising to change this in light of the Winterbourne View scandal, a report by MPs has warned. Six people were jailed after an appalling catalogue of abuse of patients by…
A new study by researchers from Goldsmiths and City University found parents in the UK are waiting up to three and a half years to receive a diagnosis that their child has autism. The study revealed that 52 per cent of parents were dissatisfied with their experience of their child’s…
Young people in care are left vulnerable to exploitation by being housed in bed and breakfasts, the Education Select Committee chair has said. Graham Stuart called for an outright ban on the placing of teenagers in care into bed and breakfasts if there is no other suitable accommodation for them.…
A new online course called Caring for Vulnerable Children has been launched by Future Learn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS - Centre For Excellence In Looked After Children In Scotland. It aims to develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable…
Postal workers are to help a charity find vulnerable missing children and adults in a new partnership aimed at reuniting families. Royal Mail is joining forces with Missing People by distributing alerts to its 124,000 postmen and women across the UK, giving information on missing people. Descriptions and photographs will…