Forensic Medicine & Pathology of the Vulnerable Patient

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Child abuse. If you think it, report it.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.<p>Many people do not act because they’re worried about …

Child Abuse

We stormed the Baftas because the domestic violence bill is dangerous

Theresa May’s bill is a distraction from the austerity cuts that have left support services crumbling and survivors in peril<p>Not many people would choose to spend their Sunday evening risking arrest to jump on to the red carpet at the Baftas, but then again, not many people recognise the desperate …

Sociology

'Missed opportunities' to save man who died after 10kg of faeces removed from body

A coroner has concluded gross failures by a Suffolk hospital contributed to the death of a man whose severe constipation meant he had to have 10kg of …

Physiology

Press & Policy

Women in prison have often been victims of much more serious offences than those of which they have been convicted, a new report published today by …

Crime

Homelessness Kills (2012)

This study investigates the mortality of homeless people in England for the period 2001-2009. It finds that homeless people are more likely to die …

Cardiovascular System

Homelessness and public health

The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1768 in 2010 to 4751 in autumn 2017.1 Charities estimate the …

Housing

Assessing mental capacity: the Mental Capacity Act

• Timothy R J Nicholson, specialist registrar in psychiatry 1,<br>• William Cutter, consultant psychiatrist 2,<br>• Matthew Hotopf, professor of general hospital …

Mental Health

Deprivation of liberty: a practical guide

The Law Society has issued comprehensive guidance on the law relating to the deprivation of liberty safeguards.<p>The safeguards aim to ensure that …

Surveillance

Deprivation of liberty safeguards

In 2009, an amendment to the Mental Capacity Act (2005) for England and Wales (MCA) came into effect which introduced the Deprivation of Liberty …

Surveillance

Let's talk about restraint | Royal College of Nursing

Published by the Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN.<p>© 2016 Royal College of Nursing. This publication in hard copy format …

Radiation Therapy

Almost half of police officers not trained on new domestic abuse law

Almost half of Welsh police officers have not been trained to implement a new law making coercive and controlling behaviour a crime, a freedom of …

Sociology

Hoarding: Where are you on the 'clutter scale'?

More than a million people in the UK have hoarding issues, estimates suggest, with firefighters increasingly concerned about the role clutter can play in fatal fires.<p>They are calling for the mandatory collection of data around hoarding in order to better understand the true scale of the problem – …

Hoarding

Hundreds of thousands living in squalid rented homes in England

Estimated 338,000 properties rented by young adults are so hazardous they could cause harm<p>Rented housing so squalid it is likely to leave tenants requiring medical attention is being endured by hundreds of thousands of young adults in England, an analysis of government figures has revealed.<p>Rats, …

Housing

Human Trafficking: Agencies Have Taken Steps to Assess Prevalence, Address Victim Issues, and Avoid Grant Duplication, Jun 28, 2016

What GAO FoundFederal agencies have begun efforts to assess the prevalence of human trafficking in the United States and develop data standards and …

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Suffolk care home and manager fined for providing unsafe care | Care Quality Commission

A Suffolk care home owner and manager have been fined at Ispwich Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, 25 January) after admitting they failed to …

Health Care

BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, Child Protection

The recent deaths of children at the hands of family members have revealed some children's social work departments are still failing children some nine years after the death of Baby P. In some regions the reaction of the Government has been to take social workers out of the hands of councils and …

Child Protection

BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, The Last Taboo

For a long time, society didn't want to believe child sex abuse was happening - but now are sex crimes against elderly victims being dismissed in the same way?<p>File on 4 reveals new figures about the scale of alleged sex offences taking place in residential and nursing homes. Whether 5 or 85, should …

Sociology

BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, Neglect: The Story of UK Homecare

With an ageing population the need for carers to help elderly people stay healthy and safe in their own homes has never been greater.<p>From making a meal, to help getting out of bed or having a shower, domiciliary carers provide a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of elderly and vulnerable people. …

Hygiene

BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, Killings in Care Homes

Headlines involving abuse in care homes normally centre on allegations against staff, but is aggression among residents being overlooked?<p>With homes increasingly taking care of those with more complex needs such as dementia and other mental health disorders, are staff able to cope with some who have …

United Kingdom

BBC Radio 4 - File on 4, Sheltered from Harm

There are more than half a million people living in sheltered housing, accommodation that offers additional support to the elderly, disabled or vulnerable.<p>But currently, in England, these schemes aren't overseen by the independent regulator of health and social care the Care Quality Commission and …

United Kingdom

Preventing domestic violence

Some of the most terrible facial injuries I have ever had to deal with have been due to domestic violence. What starts with a slap and an apology can …

What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides

Five years ago, I was at a memorial. Another suicide. Our third doctor in 18 months.<p>Everyone kept whispering, "Why?"<p>That was when I decided I had to find an answer.<p>So I started counting dead doctors. I left that memorial service with a list of 10. Today I have 757 suicides on my registry.<p>And I …

Mental Health

How police miss chances to investigate modern slavery

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has highlighted examples of poor conduct<p>A highly critical report on police forces’ response to modern slavery has uncovered some shocking instances of failures to investigate suspects and protect victims.<p>Here are examples of …

The invisible people - Modern Slavery – in pictures

Modern slavery is a crime where the most vulnerable men, women and children are abused for criminal profit, with many victims forced to live and work in squalid conditions for little or no money. They are controlled with threats and abuse and have no means of escape. The National Crime Agency and …

Ian Hamilton: Language alone cannot reduce the stigma that people who use drugs experience

The derogatory language we use to describe people who use drugs is merely a symptom of a deeper problem, says Ian Hamilton<p>It is seductively simple to …

The Expert Witnesses: Providing responses to sexual assault

• Philip Herd, fingerprints<br>• Michael Jackson, firearms<p>It is a common perception that a victim of sexual assault will either fight back or flee, says …

Everything you need to know about Wales' plan to ban smacking

The Welsh Government has launched a 12-week consultation on proposals that would effectively ban smacking.<p>The plans put Wales alongside Scotland, …

Death in an Amazon dumpster

When his body was found in a dumpster outside an Amazon warehouse, the homeless man’s death was a mystery. The search to uncover his past exposes the dangers of a life spent scavenging<p>Sign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter<p>The day before last year’s presidential election, a hungry …

Scottish police to be trained to spot new domestic abuse offence

The ‘course of conduct’ offence will target small, seemingly innocuous actions that together form psychological abuse or coercive control<p>Around 14,000 Police Scotland officers are to receive specialist training in preparation for a new domestic abuse crime coming into force in Scotland, which is …