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The former carers of a woman who has not been seen for almost 18 years have made a second appearance in court charged with her abduction and murder. Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing in October last year from her home in Main Road, Inverkip, Inverclyde, but police said the…
The public's perception of autism will be one of the major themes explored next week as the Festival of Social Science returns to Sheffield. The free festival, which is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, is a week-long series of events (4 November - 11 November) taking place…
The number of applications to detain people with mental health issues, dementia or learning difficulties for their own safety has reached the highest level on record. Meanwhile, thousands of applications have taken more than a year to be completed - despite the recommended time-frame of just three weeks. In some…
New figures published by the Mental Welfare Commission show a rise of 12.5% in existing guardianship orders in Scotland, to 12,082 at March 2017. These orders are granted by a court when a person does not have the capacity to make some or all decisions for themselves because of mental…
Social care providers including children's homes have been given up to a year to identify what they owe workers who were incorrectly paid below the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. Employers will then have up to three months to pay workers under a new "compliance scheme", ministers said. The Government…
Two charities providing support to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, have announced they are to merge. Choice Support and mcch, who will soon operate as Partnership Support Group (PSG), estimate the combined organisation will have an annual turnover of £66 million, providing support to 2300 people…
A woman with a severe learning disability who gave birth to a boy after probably being raped should be given contraception, a senior judge has ruled following a hearing in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb decided that the woman should be given a contraceptive patch on a trial basis.…
Police investigating the disappearance of a woman who has not been seen for almost 18 years have arrested her carers. Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing in October last year from her home in Main Road, Inverkip, Inverclyde. But police said the last independent sighting of her was actually at…
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