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Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabilities.Judge Thomas Greensmith has suggested that the lives of the woman's children would have been different if staff at Wirral Borough…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
A charity which provides care for disabled people and was founded by Second World War bomber pilot Leonard Cheshire has won a tribunal fight after a dyslexic former manager made a disability discrimination allegation. Employment tribunal judges have dismissed claims against Leonard Cheshire Disability by a former care home manager…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he is ready to consider calls to close all institutions for people with learning difficulties or autism. The call came from Sir Stephen Bubb, who said recommendations for reform of the system in his 2014 report into abuse at the Winterbourne View home have…
A petition with more than 38,000 signatures calling for urgent increased funding for special educational needs has been handed in to the Department for Education.A group of around 60 people including parents, teachers, children and union representatives arrived at the department's central London headquarters carrying placards reading: "More funding for…
Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Purkiss has criticised managers at Barking and Dagenham Council (pictured) for their failure to monitor the care the teenager…
An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public places.Council social services bosses began litigation in the Court of Protection, where judges consider issues relating to people who lack…
A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal autonomy and human rights had been infringed when the device was fitted without her knowledge six years ago.But he has concluded…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
An autism school has been left "devastated" after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry. Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as a group from Prior's Court in Berkshire returned to the specialist school after taking three young adults with…
David Tennant has said he felt a huge sense of responsibility to do justice to his new series about raising a child with a learning disability. The former Doctor Who plays the father of nine-year-old Rosie in autobiographical comedy drama There She Goes from writer Shaun Pye, whose daughter was…
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