Places like home

When I had my second child, J, his delivery went pretty badly wrong. I ended up very unwell, staying in hospital longer than I’d hoped and it was a rough time. I was being kept in by doctors because of badly controlled pain, but in a bizarre catch 22 a new midwife came on shift…

The book

I am a neglectful blogger, I know. A friend recently nudged me to say I should write more, and he’s undoubtedly right, but where to find the time amidst exercising continuous supervision and control over a proto-toddler intent on pulling the cat’s tail and eating the contents of the older one’s craft cupboard, whilst doing…

Guest post from Maryna Zholud-Py: The test of deprivation of liberty frameworks in the context of Covid-19 outbreak: comparative study of legal proceedings in France and UK

I have written this paper as an academic essay for my LLM International & Comparative Disability Law and Policies at Galway University and shared it with Dr Lucy Series who kindly proposed me to publish it on her blog. This version is a shortened one: among others, all explanation about what is England & Wales…

Coronavirus – use of public health powers of detention

TL; DR: where care homes and hospitals are isolating people to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection without that person’s consent, then they are likely to be deprived of their liberty. If the main reason for this is public health – to protect others – then the deprivation of liberty safeguards cannot be used to…

So if not blogging, then what have I been up to…?

I’ve been a terrible blogger, really, since having a baby. She’s a bouncing four year old now (literally: we bought her a space hopper from the supermarket and she’s spent the lockdown bouncing around crushing anything in her path). But between frantically scrambling to fit my work into the hours that childcare allows, and trying…

The Mental Health Act’s forgotten sibling

I said these posts would get shorter as WFH meets no- childcare… this is a super quick one to pose a question. As you’ll no doubt have seen by now, the new Coronavirus emergency legislation aims to take pressure of frontline health and social care workers by reducing or removing various statutory duties in community…