Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council

“I, like many of you, have been following the latest chapter in the DoLS saga with interest. I am referring, of course, to the Local Government Ombudsman’s report regarding Kent County Council’s delays in processing standard authorisations and Kent County Council’s, frankly very honest, response to those Ombudsman’s recommendations. But, of course, in 2009, theContinue reading “Here’s the thing with DoLS… Reflections on the LGO’s recommendations to Kent County Council”

Secure units and young people: In search of home to call your own

Originally posted on Promoting Open Justice in the Court of Protection:
By Anna Rebowska, 2nd September 2021 An earlier blog post reports on a COP case in which a 17-year-old girl (anonymised as “N”) endured numerous placement breakdowns and found herself repeatedly detained in Emergency Department and in police stations for her own protection and…

Powers of attorney, care homes, best interests and deprivation of liberty

Read what Alex Ruck Keene had to say on this topic on 7 March 2016… Mental capacity law and policy source: https://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/powers-of-attorney-care-homes-best-interests-and-deprivation-of-liberty/

The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence

The GP, the treating neurologist, the care home, and the CCG bear a heavy responsibility for not having ensured that the decision to prescribe clinically assisted nutrition and hydration was kept under review.   The Court of Protection bears a heavy responsibility for allowing the question of where P should live to eclipse her wider bestContinue reading “The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence”

Best interests decisions when P’s views and wishes cannot be determined

By Katharine Shipley, 8th June 2021 (with additional material from P’s mother via Celia Kitzinger) The issue before the court is whether it is in her best interests to continue to live in a care home or to return home to her mother.   https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/2021/06/08/best-interests-decisions-when-ps-views-and-wishes-cannot-be-determined/