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The Mental Health Heist .

“The plan was simple, create cash cows for life by a mental ‘disorder’ label.

Treat with antidepressants , anti psychotics and mood enhancers via institution or community treatment orders enforced by MHA section and/or MCA in secret inquisitorial courts and tribunals.

All in breach of patients’ human rights and MHA as, as there was no measure of outcomes they could not be ‘treatment’, or in an incapacitated’s ‘best interests’.

Studies showing adverse effects both physical and mental particularly long term, far out weighed any perceived benefits.”

“And ever vaguer justifications for a ‘disorder’ diagnosis, medication and removal – suicide prevention, anxiety, mixed conduct,self neglect or even those at risk .

No regulation or check on assessment , diagnosis or treatment and total reliance on experts employed by companies who profit from their diagnosis.

All backed and enforced by state authority with the NHS and local authorities given millions and legislation in MHA. MCA and Care Act to ‘safeguard’ the public.”

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Two years ago a cross party Mental Taskforce reported on the future policy of our mental health services,

‘There has been a transformation in mental health over the last 50 years. Advances in care, the development of anti-psychotic and mood stabilising drugs’

This report recommendations were predictable as in 2013 NHS bosses allowed the world’s largest pharmaceutical company’s lobbying company to draft a report shaping our future health policy.

At the time at least 62 Tory MPs had financial connections with pharmaceutical companies by then the UK’s third largest industry .

https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/mental-health-big-pharma-big-profits-big-danger/

So the maximum amount of ‘customers’ had to be harvested and held captive for as long as possible .

The ‘advances in care’ did not exist as shown even from the perfunctory inspections of the CQC.

https://finolamoss.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/what-is-happening-in-662600-a-year-mental-hospitals-cqc-reports-2011-2016/

So billions were poured into the building of private mental hospitals and ‘community living schemes’ bought up by private…

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Some prison law cases back in scope

“Congratulations to the Howard League and the Prisoners Advice Service, which have brought this change about following three years of litigation. It is a rare example of the scope of legal aid widening post-LASPO.”

Legal Aid Handbook

Following the decision of the Court of Appeal in Howard League for Penal Reform & Anor, R (On the Application of) v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWCA Civ 244, new regulations have come into force returning some prison law cases to the scope of legal aid.

The Criminal Legal Aid (Amendment) Regulations 2017, in force on 21 February 2018, bring the following types of case back in:

  • Advice and representation for pre-tariff reviews for life and indeterminate sentence prisoners before the Parole Board;
  • Reviews of classification as a category A prisoner;
  • Placement in close supervision and separation centres within prisons.

These cases are funded as criminal legal aid, using advice and assistance and advocacy assistance. The usual means tests apply and payment is the same as for the prison law cases currently in scope. Amended criminal contracts have been issued and there are revised CRM3 and CRM18a forms…

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Gender Discrimination and Historic Injustice: Law Corrected on British Citizenship through Matrilineal Descent

“Perhaps beneficiaries of Romein who fall foul of the good character requirement should try to invoke Johnson to their advantage to expand the reach of their claim pursuant to section 3C. Lastly, it is important to recall Alison Harvey’s telling thesis that in Johnson and Akinyemi [2017] EWCA Civ 236 – another case involving a foreign criminal and the good character requirement – “the courts were attempting to right the wrongs of history applying broad principles, rather than, as in Romein, detailed statutory provisions designed to right such wrongs.””

United Kingdom Immigration Law Blog

The Advocate General for Scotland v Romein (Scotland) [2018] UKSC 6 (8 February 2018)

Women have overwhelmingly borne the brunt of injustice throughout history and discrimination against females has been axiomatic in the sphere of citizenship. The British Nationality Act 1948 laid down the rule in section 5(1) that a person could avail British citizenship by descent if his or her father was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) at the time of the person’s birth. However, if the person’s father was a citizen by descent only, then unless either the said person was born in a British-controlled territory or the father was in Crown service at the time of the birth, section 5(1)(b) normally made it a condition that the person’s birth should be registered at a British consulate within one year. The female line was prevented from transmitting citizenship by descent and regulations permitted a…

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Unlawful killing

Permitting obfuscations that mask the core issue of defathering children beggars belief about the function of the family court (which thankfully in this instance the CA rectified) and calls into question its own repute!

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A very peculiar case and one in which leading counsel puts self in harms way in order to demonstrate breach of article 6 and succeed in appeal.

Re R (Children) 2018

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2018/198.html

In this case, the central issue related to

On the evening of 2 June 2016 the mother of two young children died in the kitchen of their family home as a result of a single fatal knife wound to her neck; the wound had been inflicted by their father

 

The father was arrested and the two children were removed into foster care. The father faced criminal trial and was acquitted of all charges. There was a finding of fact hearing in the High Court and the father was made the subject of a finding that “he had used unreasonable force and unlawfully killed the mother”

He appealed that finding, successfully.

5.The mother’s death occurred in the context…

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A Short Analysis of #Shakespeare’s Sonnet 37: ‘As a decrepit father takes delight’

A summary of Shakespeare’s 37th sonnet

Sonnet 37 is not a classic Shakespeare sonnet. But it does contain some interesting aspects which careful analysis can help us to elucidate. The poem is an extended riff on the idea of Shakespeare as an old, lame, decrepit figure, contrasted with the Fair Youth’s young sprightliness.

As a decrepit father takes delight
To see his active child do deeds of youth,
So I, made lame by Fortune’s dearest spite,
Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth;
For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
Or any of these all, or all, or more,
Entitled in thy parts, do crowned sit,
I make my love engrafted to this store:
So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised,
Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give
That I in thy abundance am sufficed,
And by a part of all thy glory live.
Look what is best, that best I wish in thee:
This wish I have; then ten times happy me.

Sonnet 37 is often analysed as a poem in which Shakespeare is ‘taking stock’, considering his relationship with the Fair Youth and what he gains from that relationship. The sonnet might be summarised as ‘you’re only as old as the man you feel’, nudge nudge, wink wink.

To paraphrase the sonnet: ‘Like a weak old father taking delight in his sprightly young son, I – who have been worn down by life – take comfort from you, who are young and worthy and true. For if any of these fine qualities are to be found in you, I attach my love to you and your supply of fine gifts. That way, I am no longer lame or poor or hated by everyone, while your fine shadow lends my existence substance and meaning. I have everything I need thanks to your bounteous supply of good qualities, and just a small part of your greatness is enough to give me life. Whatever is best in this world, and that I wish to find in you, my wish is granted: so I am ten times as happy as I otherwise would be.’

In a sense, Sonnet 37 might be considered a sort of reprise of Sonnet 29, which had argued that whenever the Bard feels hard done by, he takes comfort from knowing that the Fair Youth loves him. But in the interim, we might say, things have changed: the Fair Youth appears to have done something wrong, and so Shakespeare has an additional reason for feeling like the ‘decrepit father’ in the relationship. What’s more, there’s a suggestion that the young man is an aristocrat:

For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
Or any of these all, or all, or more,
Entitled in thy parts, do crowned sit,
I make my love engrafted to this store:

These lines sound like somebody praising a person of noble blood, since nobles were considered inherently ‘better’ than we ordinary folk, and possessed the finest qualities. Of course, according to one theory, the Fair Youth was a nobleman – either Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton (1573-1624) or William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke (1580-1630). Some commentators have even interpreted the mysterious ‘Mr. W. H.’ mentioned in the Sonnets’ dedication as a reference to Herbert (or to Wriothesley with his initials curiously reversed). But there may have been a simpler explanation (as Bertrand Russell and Jonathan Bate, among others, have argued): that ‘Mr. W. H.’ was simply a misprint for ‘Mr. W. S.’, meaning Shakespeare.

But this is to get side-tracked. It’s easy to do so with Sonnet 37, since it’s not the finest poem in the Sonnets, nor does it require or even invite much detailed close analysis. But it does offer a slightly new take on the message put forward in Sonnet 29, and we like the ending. Who doesn’t wish to feel ten times happier thanks to the merest association with somebody beautiful, talented, witty, and fine?

 

via A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 37: ‘As a decrepit father takes delight’

Investment Companies Are Delivering Therapeutic Services To Families

new initiative to help vulnerable families through therapeutic support has been launched in five London boroughs. The aim of the project is to help keep families together, and save the government money. The project is being run by an investment company called Bridges Fund Management , which invests in what their website calls social challenges.

Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Bexley, Merton and Newham, which altogether have 1,350 children in residential care, are taking part in The Positive Families Partnership. Bridges has been contracted by the government through a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to deliver the project. There are currently 30 SIBs in place around the country, funding projects for social welfare programmes.

Heading up the project for Bridges is their investment director Mila Lukic, who has a background in management consultancy and not for profit crowdsourcing. The only other member mentioned on the Positive Families Partnership’s website is Amit Shah, though no other information on Amit is offered. We believe Amit may be an Associate Director at Social Finance. 

The lack of information about who is involved doesn’t inspire confidence, nor does the scant information on the set up of the scheme.

The financial structure for this venture must benefit the investment fund somehow, otherwise there would be no interest on their part, but without the exact details of their agreement we can’t comment on just how much Bridges stands to gain from this programme. It’s a point that’s clearly missing from the Guardian’s piece on the project, with Lukic mentioning all the advantages she feels the scheme offers to councils, families and government, but conveniently failing to mention how Bridges stands to benefit.

Finances aside, the model looks very much like the Family Drug and Alcohol Court set up, with experts on hand to offer one on one support and a measuring system in place to see how well the families are doing over time. The project offers a 5 step process:

  1. A young person is identified by a social worker/ other, who may be in need of support
  2. The child is referred to the programme through their borough
  3. An evaluation takes place, we assume, to decide whether the child needs Multisystemic Therapy or Functional Family Therapy.
  4. The therapeutic solution is delivered (the site uses the word intervention, which we don’t like)
  5. Outcomes are monitored and measured.

We hope this project helps families and most importantly children who are caught in often very difficult scenarios. Certainly a project to watch.

Very many thanks to Nicky Herron for alerting us to the Guardian piece on the project.

via Investment Companies Are Delivering Therapeutic Services To Families

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Comment:
A step in the right direction but sadly not far enough unless the parasitic effect of commoditising children for-profit by the corporate parent is tackled head-on. The hidden cost of child-commoditisation policy is too high!
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Parasites Which Take Over Their Hosts — Fig Trees and Vineyards

The fact that Israel receives billions each year from the US taxpayer as our politicians in Washington endlessly pledge their devotion to the “special relationship,” has led many observers to liken the pro-Israel lobby in America to a parasite that has invaded a host.

via Parasites Which Take Over Their Hosts — Fig Trees and Vineyards

China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come — peoples trust toronto

http://ift.tt/2GlT7Td February 17, 2018 By Michael Martina GUANGHE, China (Reuters) – For some in China’s ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives. Their big fear is the Chinese government may be bringing in measures in […]

via China’s Hui Muslims fearful Chinese New Year education ban a sign of curbs to come — peoples trust toronto

#LAC: Celebrating the rights of children in care?#CareDay18 — National IRO Managers Partnership


Guest post by Amy Woodworth – Policy and Campaigns Officer at Become Celebrating the rights of children in care This Care Day, Friday 16 February, is an opportunity to reflect on the rights of each child, and how we all work to defend and enhance them. We know that unfortunately, children in care do not always have […]

via Celebrating the rights of children in care #CareDay18 — National IRO Managers Partnership


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Until the 
commoditisation of children for-profit by the corporate parent is tackled head-on, we fear this is merely a cosmetic measure …


 

More Social Workers Question The Benefits Of Adoption

via More Social Workers Question The Benefits Of Adoption

“We should ask ourselves how many children would have their legal rights to private and family life better protected through supportive and anti-oppressive approaches that address the glaring inequalities in our unequal society.”