Tag: "society"

Couple who opposed council vaccinating their child lose appeal | Society

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A couple who tried to prevent the local authority from vaccinating their child, who is in care, have failed to overturn the decision by requiring courts to become routinely involved in such disputes.Earlier this year the couple failed in their initial legal challenge against Tower Hamlets council, which has taken the child, who has not been identified, into care.

UK has multiple social rights failings, finds Council of Europe | Society

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The UK’s low age of criminal responsibility, minimum pay rates for young teenagers and the failure to outlaw all forms of corporal punishment breach Council of Europe standards for social rights, according to its latest report.The body’s annual review of each state’s adherence to its social charter found that the UK was out of step with rights in six areas.

Graham Enderby obituary | Society

The Equality and Human Rights Commission later produced a film about the case, which described the couple as “remarkable people whose struggle for HL’s human rights has changed the way vulnerable people are treated under British law”.The BBC also made a radio play, Test Case: Bournewood, and Graham gave evidence to the parliamentary joint committee on human rights in 2018.

Midlands probation firm rated inadequate over high workloads | Society

Routine checks for child safeguarding and domestic abuse are not being undertaken by probation officers at the Staffordshire and West Midlands community rehabilitation company (CRC), which supervises 12,600 low- and medium-risk offenders, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) said.The chief inspector of probation, Justin Russell, said: “The management of risk of harm was not good enough at every stage of supervision.

Trans man argues against being called child's mother at appeal court | Society

Freddy McConnell’s lawyer says judge was wrong to say ‘mother’ was not a gendered term

The legal dispute began when McConnell went to register his child’s birth and the registrar insisted he be recorded as ‘mother’.She argued that giving birth was not the determining issue when deciding the parental role described on an administrative document.

Government considers law to curb use of 'rough sex' defence | Society

Legislation could be included in domestic abuse bill as it returns to parliament

Tributes to the British backpacker Grace Millane, whose killer used the ‘rough sex’ defence in court.Police costs for bringing the orders to court would be paid for by the government for two years while a pilot of the scheme took place.

Domestic abuse bill fails to protect children and migrant women – charities | Society

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Children and migrant women are being overlooked by new laws designed to protect victims and punish perpetrators of domestic violence, charities have said.The long-awaited domestic abuse bill will be introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday for its first reading; it was delayed by Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament and hold an election last year.

Pride in the work of Alzheimer’s Society | Letters | Society

Criticisms of the work and culture of the charity, Alzheimer’s Society, are rejected by its director of people and organisational development,
Corinne Mills

The actor, Vicky McClure (centre) at an Alzheimer’s Society ‘memory walk’ in Nottingham.Volunteers are at the heart of Alzheimer’s Society and play a critical role.

German court repeals ban on assisted suicide services | Society

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A German law that bans assisted suicide services breaches the constitution, the country’s highest court has ruled in a landmark decision favouring groups that help people die when they choose.The plaintiffs sought to overturn a law that has since 2015 outlawed assisted suicide undertaken by organisations or doctors who accepted a fee for their help.

Psychoactive drugs linked to 95% of jail's ambulance callouts | Society

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Paramedics were called 200 times in six months to a prison in West Yorkshire to deal with medical incidents linked to drugs like spice, an inspection has revealed.Of 211 ambulance callouts to HMP Wealstun in the six months prior to the October 2019 inspection, about 95% were related to psychoactive substances, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found.

DWP loses court fight over treatment of severely disabled | Society

UK government discriminated against people left worse off by universal credit, say judges

The DWP had challenged two high court decisions protecting severely disabled benefit claimants from a drop in income.Responding to Wednesday’s decision, AR said: “We hope that the court of appeal ruling will finally bring an end to our fight for severely disabled people not to be disadvantaged by universal credit.

Doctors acquitted in Belgium’s first criminal euthanasia case | Society

GP, psychiatrist and doctor were accused of unlawfully poisoning Tine Nys, 38

The three defendants sit behind lawyers during their trial in Ghent.Photograph: Benoît Doppagne/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

A Belgian court has cleared three doctors accused of murder in the country’s first criminal case concerning euthanasia.

Call to close teenage sex 'loophole' for faith leaders and coaches | Society

Report says law fails to prevent supervising adults from having sex with 16- and 17-year-olds

The campaign to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 began after revelations about sexual abuse in football.At present, the law allows only for adults in certain jobs to be prosecuted, such as teachers and social workers.

Longer sentences will not cut crime, say prison experts | Society

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Boris Johnson’s hardline approach to justice will not cut crime and will only pile pressure on overstretched prisons, expert campaigners have said, as research reveals life sentences have already risen sharply.He said: “Longer sentences haven’t improved public confidence or safety before, and they won’t now.

Rape jury system unfair to victims | Letter | Society

Decisions of guilt and innocence are made largely by laypeople with no experience of the way abusers work, writes
Roy Grimwood

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury selection in his rape trial.The adversarial system before a jury where “beyond reasonable doubt” is the standard of proof required is biased against victims.

Prison officers hurt in County Durham young offender institution riot | Society

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Four prison officers have been injured after 18 prisoners were involved in rioting at a young offender institution, where staff are said to have lost control of a wing.A “Tornado team” of specially trained riot officers was drafted in to quell the trouble at HM YOI Deerbolt near Barnard Castle, County Durham, when inmates took over C Wing.