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…

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/

Keeping Mum in her own home

Deprivation of Liberty and Powers of Attorney for health and welfare By Celia Kitzinger, 28th June 2021 So, even if someone has given me clear and strongly-worded directions that I am to keep them out of a care home at all costs – which might include locking them inside their home and using video-cameras toContinue reading “Keeping Mum in her own home”

Bringing Lucy Home

By Claire Martin, 14th April 2021 Twenty-eight year old Lucy (not her real name) usually lives in a shared home with one other resident and two 1:1 carers.  On the night of  9th-10th March, while in their professional care, she suffered two fractures in her right leg and was taken to hospital. She’s still in hospital nearly aContinue reading “Bringing Lucy Home”