The Law Commission has opened its consultation on DoLS

B brr br brrrrrrrrrr! (That was a trumpet heralding the arrival of the Law Commission’s consultation on DoLS). The consultation into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 deprivation of liberty safeguards has now been published.  The deadline for responses to the consultation is 2 November, and a final report and bill is due to be published in 2016.…

Head on over to RightsInfo

This is a super quick post as I grab ten minutes of internet in a cafe!  But you should all head over to Adam Wagner’s AMAZING new infographic on human rights.  It tells the story of how key human rights cases have shaped the rights we have today.  It’s pretty hard to read this and remain…

The place of law in care

A little while ago I was chatting with my mate T, who is an artist, about law.  T commented that he didn’t really think about law very often, or encounter it in his everyday life.  This got me thinking about the place of law, the locations where we encounter and think about law.  I suggested…

Why are more men registering LPAs than women?

I was rummaging about in the Family Court Statistics looking for statistics on the Court of Protection (no I don’t know why they’re categorised under ‘Family Court’ either), when I noticed that there are now statistics on the age and gender breakdown of persons with registered Lasting Powers of Attorney.  I’ve made these into a…

Awesome conference!

Get your diaries out and pencil in 30th September for an amazing conference (I’m not saying that because I’m speaking at it, I’m saying it because I’ve just seen who else is speaking at it!).  I’m very lazy, so I’ll just copy this from Alex Ruck Keene’s blog: I am really delighted to be able to announce details…

Intrinsic and extrinsic vulnerability

The Daily Mail ran a story today about a court hearing before Hayden J to consider the case of a 17 year old girl from the Bristol area, who is considered at risk of travelling to an Islamic State area.  Mr Justice Hayden has made the girl a ward of court, but mused aloud as to what…

Fantastic resource: Children’s social care law in Wales

My colleague at Cardiff University, Julie Doughty, has set up a fantastic new resource on children’s social care law in Wales.  The resource is aimed at social workers, social care practitioners and foster carers, who want to know more about children’s social care in Wales.  The website is supported by BAAF Cymru, the Care Council for Wales, The…

So, what’s the plan to save human rights?

A few years ago I was interviewing a care worker for my PhD.  He told me that he’d worked in care services for over twenty years, but had taken a break of about five years during the late ’90s, returning to work in care in the mid 2000’s.  He said that things had changed dramatically during that intervening…