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An NHS trust has said it is "truly sorry" about the death of an epileptic teenager who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings that led to his death. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured), 18, who had learning difficulties, was found submerged in water at Slade House,…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
The head of a traveller family who helped to run a modern day slavery ring has been jailed for 10 years and nine months. Martin Rooney, aged 57, was among 11 gang members convicted of involvement in offences which included the keeping of one man in "truly shocking" conditions for…
Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis has been chosen by Prime Minister Theresa May to receive the 765th Points of Light award for her campaigning to get autistic children involved in sports and recreation activities. Theresa May said: "Through your campaigning you have encouraged thousands of children with autism to get involved in…
Britain's record on disability rights has been strongly criticised by the UN. The organisation's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) expressed serious concern about higher levels of poverty among the disabled, an increase in hate speech and bullying, and the number of people institutionalised in the UK.…
Nine members of staff have been suspended from a private care home in the Swansea area after serious concerns were raised about the safety of residents, BBC Wales reports. It is undertsood a multi-agency safeguarding investigation was launched after a former employee raised concerns about residents at Gower Lodge in…
A doctor has told medical watchdogs she missed warning signs weeks before an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath after suffering a seizure at an NHS care unit. Valerie Murphy, who is accused of misconduct, was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties…
Families who pay for overnight care for loved ones with a learning disability could be forced to find tens of thousands of pounds in back pay for carers, a charity has said. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not "shoehorned" back into work as a result of…
Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington has urged the public to back a campaign about overnight care for people with learning disabilities. The 30-year-old, who plays Jon Snow in the hit TV series, has waded into the row over back pay for overnight carers. Harington (pictured), who is an ambassador…
More than 1.2 million schoolchildren - around one in seven - have a special educational need, official figures show. The number of youngsters in England with a special need (SEN) has risen for the first time in seven years, according to Department for Education (DfE) statistics. Boys are more likely…
A Surrey family who struggled to cope with their disabled son’s behaviour were forced to begin legal action against the county council before it provided the right accommodation for him, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The family first asked Surrey County Council for help in October…
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