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The mother of a disabled man has said he was killed by bullies and had "the mind of an eight-year-old". Lee Irving, 24, of Camperdown, East Denton, was described by Northumbria Police as vulnerable and having learning difficulties. He was found dead on a grassed area in Fawdon, Newcastle, on…
Police cells were used to detain people suffering mental health problems on more than 4,500 occasions in the last year, new figures reveal. There were a total of 4,537 instances of police custody being used to accommodate individuals held under section 136 of the Mental Health Act in 2014/15. Data…
Following the review of the Protect Life Strategy - the suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has agreed to work with media and other stakeholders to help promote positive mental health and suicide prevention messages. Part of this work involves monitoring the reporting of suicide…
The country's first safe house for domestic violence victims over the age of 45 has opened. Eva Women's Aid, based in Redcar, Teesside - which has worked with victims aged up to 80 - has opened the specialist home for older people because they have different needs. Older women are…
Time limits on police bail and possible sanctions for professionals who fail to take action on child abuse are among measures in the Queen's Speech. Pre-charge bail for suspects will be restricted to 28 days with a senior police officer able to authorise an extension of up to three months.…
A housing support service in Airdrie has received top marks from Scotland’s social care regulator for the second inspection in a row. Inspectors gave Monklands Women’s Aid marks of ‘excellent’ across the board after a short-notice inspection, the second inspection in a row which saw the service achieve these grades.…
Peer support has great potential to boost person centred care and is greatly valued by people who take part in it says Nesta and National Voices as they launch the review Peer Support: What Is It and Does It Work? There is evidence that peer support can help people feel…
Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures show. The NSPCC said information from 106 councils showing 4,748 reports of sex abuse against disabled adults is the "visible peak" of what could be a bigger problem. People with learning difficulties were the…
Disabled people have been forced to turn to loan sharks and food banks because of the "unlawfully long time" taken to provide them with vital welfare benefits, the High Court has heard at the launch of a challenge to the delays. Many families have suffered months of anxiety and faced…
The Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has released quarterly figures for January – March 2015. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78 per cent of all councils) submitted data for quarter four. The total number of DoLS applications in quarter four…
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…