Forensic Medicine & Pathology of the Vulnerable Patient

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What is county lines?

How many young people are affected by 'county lines'?<p>No one really knows how many young people across the country are being forced to take part, but …

Social Work

Forestalling a Fatal Decision

Thirty minutes and an index card. That's what clinical psychologist Craig Bryan needs to conduct what he calls crisis response planning with a …

Mental Health

160,000 UK children seeing domestic abuse in their homes, figures show

An estimated 160,000 children in England are living in households where they witness domestic abuse, new figures show, as support services …

Domestic Abuse

Dying Homeless: Counting the deaths on UK streets

The number of people who are living homeless has increased sharply in the UK. While we hear tragic stories about people who have died while homeless, …

Homelessness

Self-harm, drug-taking, illegal mobile phones and other problems facing Welsh prisons

More than 20% of random drug tests carried out in Wales’s four largest prisons were positive, new figures have shown.<p>Cardiff Prison led the field …

Lost in a system

By Noel Titheradge<p>Many believe there is a crisis in British prisons, with understaffing and the drug Spice causing huge problems.<p>Rob Morris died six months after leaving prison. His family is still trying to understand what went wrong while he was inside.<p><i>Warning: Contains offensive language</i><p>Rob was …

‘These Are Vulnerable People Who Don’t Have a Voice’: Exploring Constructions of Vulnerability and Ageing in the Context of Safeguarding Older People | The British Journal of Social Work

This article reports findings from a Ph.D. study that explored the involvement of older people in adult safeguarding. The aim was to gain a greater …

Domestic Abuse and Elder Abuse in Wales: A Tale of Two Initiatives | The British Journal of Social Work

The abuse of older people in domestic settings is both a public health problem and a human rights issue. In 2013, the Welsh government used its new …

Copycat suicide

A <b>copycat suicide</b> is defined as an emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to …

Risks to children 'the biggest social justice challenge of our time'

Children’s commissioner seeks more help for young people in vulnerable family situations<p>The children’s commissioner for England has said the risks faced by deprived young people are “the biggest social justice challenge of our time”, after publishing research that suggests one in six minors live in …

Decent housing means fewer emergency hospital admissions – new research

Britain has a housing crisis, not just in terms of a shortage of homes and sky-high prices, but in terms of the poor state of existing homes. Four in …

Skin Failure: A New Paradigm

by Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF, CWSP<br>Skin failure is an emerging concept that deserves wider acceptance, particularly in the palliative care setting. …

Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder of Kamil Ahmad was 'avoidable'

<b>The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient "could have been avoided" had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded.</b><p>Jeffrey Barry stabbed neighbour Kamil Ahmad at their supported flats in Bristol in July 2016, hours after his release from a …

The nurses tackling mental illness in police custody

An estimated third of those arrested by police in England are experiencing mental health problems.<p>Most police forces now have mental health nurses working with them to help those arriving in crisis, in the hope of both improving their health and reducing re-offending.<p>The BBC's Jeremy Cooke was …

90-year-old woman subjected to ‘sickening attack' by man she woke to find standing over her bed

A 90-year-old woman was subjected to a “sickening attack” by an intruder in her home.<p>Iris Warner was found in her house in Brent by her son, Jeffrey …

Protecting the lives of people with learning disability

Time and time again, grieving families are left to fight for accountability and expose systemic failings in the care of learning disabled people. …

Disability

Rise in drug arrests among teenagers prompts 'county lines' concerns

Urban gangs are using children as young as 12 to help move drugs in out-of-town locations<p>There has been a sharp rise in the number of arrests of teenagers for drug dealing, prompting concern about young people being groomed to work as drug mules in so-called county lines operations.<p>Data obtained by …

Identification and initial response to childrens exposure to intimate partner violence: a qualitative synthesis of the perspectives of children, mothers and professionals

ObjectivesTo synthesise evidence on the acceptable identification and initial response to children’s exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) from …

Finding a better way to identify children experiencing domestic violence

Around one in five children in the UK have been exposed to domestic violence or abuse between their parents or caregivers. When adults are involved …

Domestic Violence

'I sat across the dinner table from my mum's killer'

<b>Mother-of-six Janet Scott was killed by a convicted murderer who was released from prison after serving 14 years. Her 20-year-old daughter, Amelia Karnstein, tells her mother's story and questions how the authorities allowed Simon Mellors to kill again.</b><p>We used to watch programmes with Mum about …

St Mary's SARC Forensic Medical Examination

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Alex Skeel: Domestic abuse survivor was 'days from death'

<b>A male domestic abuse survivor said he was "10 days away from death" before he was helped by police and medics.</b><p>Alex Skeel, 22, from Stewartby, Bedfordshire has urged other victims in abusive relationships to speak out.<p>His former partner, Jordan Worth, 22, subjected him to multiple physical …

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Parents say son's death was down to 'arrogance' of doctors

The parents of a talented teenage athlete with who had epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism have blamed their son’s death on “arrogant” doctors who defied their wishes and gave him antipsychotic medication.<p>Oliver McGowan, 18, was admitted to Southmead hospital in Bristol on 22 October 2016 after …

Disability

CSA Centre

Local areas across England and Wales have a confident and effective <b>multi-agency response</b> to CSA, based on access to evidence and information on what …

Resources - Centre for Suicide Prevention

FAQs<p>Frequently asked questions about suicide.<p>Ask a librarian<p>We are happy to help with your research. Get in touch and tell us what you are looking …

Jailed for murder, Spain domestic violence victim fights for pardon

<b>Gloria Chochi is serving six years in prison in Spain for killing her abusive former partner. She is now pinning her hopes of being reunited with her son on a rare pardon. This is her story.</b><p>Their troubled relationship had ended but as Williams Richards kept coming back, each time with more threats, …

Abuse taking place in 99% of care homes amid 'chronic' underfunding, survey shows

Abuse is taking place in 99 per cent of care homes across England, new research shows, prompting concerns elderly people are bearing the brunt of a …

Social Work

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