Dec 10, 2019
Derbyshire County Council has been fined £500,000 following the first prosecution that the Care Quality Commission has brought against a local authority since the watchdog was given powers to prosecute health and social care providers for failing to provide safe care and treatment in 2015.
Dec 09, 2019
A former social services support officer at Dorset County Council has been prosecuted for accessing social care records without authorisation.
Nov 22, 2019
The High Court has ruled as unlawful a Home Office policy of allowing victims of trafficking seeking a reconsideration of a negative decision to approach it only through specified organisations.
Nov 21, 2019
The number of applications made by care homes and hospitals to local authorities under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has increased by an average of 15.0% each year since 2014-15, official statistics from NHS Digital have revealed.
Oct 31, 2019
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a council for taking 21 months to carry out a reassessment of a vulnerable woman’s care needs.
Oct 30, 2019
Judge criticises council for breaching duty of disclosure when making streamlined application for authorisation of deprivation of liberty
A council has been criticised by a Court of Protection judge for breaching the duty of full and frank disclosure when it made an application under the streamlined procedure for authorisation of a deprivation of liberty.
Oct 24, 2019
High Court judge finds council was right to tell failed asylum seeker to obtain support from Home Office
The London Borough of Southwark acted correctly when it told a failed asylum seeker that he must apply to the Home Office for support.
Oct 24, 2019
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has successfully resisted an attempt to get a costs order against it by the parents of a vulnerable adult.
Oct 11, 2019
39 Essex Chambers publishes guidance for social workers on application of inherent jurisdiction of High Court to adults
39 Essex Chambers has published a guidance note for social workers and those working in front-line settings that provides an overview of the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court as it applies to adults.
Oct 11, 2019
The Court of Appeal has ruled that North East Lincolnshire Council should have paid the cost of a disabled young woman attending a weekly placement, overturning an earlier High Court decision.
Oct 10, 2019
Ombudsman raps council for failing to review care plan for five years, not adhering to statutory guidance
An investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found a council at fault for not reviewing an autistic woman’s care plan for more than five years, and for not adhering to the most fundamental parts of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.
Oct 03, 2019
Council right not to facilitate man with learning disabilities to have contact with sex workers, says judge
A Court of Protection judge has backed a local authority’s decision in not seeking to facilitate a man with learning disabilities’ contact with sex workers either in the UK or abroad.
Sep 27, 2019
High Court judge rejects application by council under inherent jurisdiction to prevent husband and wife living together
A High Court judge has given her reasoning why she would have rejected a local authority’s application for an injunction under the Court's inherent jurisdiction preventing a husband living in a property with his wife, had it not been withdrawn.