International Women’s Day is not just another event in the calendar. Striving for social equality is a daily mission as we work towards building a society of gender equality.
An experienced Best Interests Assessor (BIA) has received a 12-month suspension order after plagiarising DoLS forms. The copying and pasting of information from one service users forms to another’s was determined to be “dishonest” by Social Work England after an investigation. It was decided that his conduct to practice was impaired on both public protection and public interest grounds.
Concerns were raised after identical pieces of information were noted in several of the forms the BIA had completed. It was later discovered that eight service users had identical information contained within their forms, not all of which was relevant to them and “the justification for the ultimate decision was copied in almost its entirety.” As a result, patients were put at risk of being unlawfully deprived of their liberty and exposed to a real risk of harm.
This serves as a reminder to BIA’s to;
- Avoid using “stock templates”
- Respect the privacy and dignity of service users
- Ensure accuracy and detail in the information provided for each Service User
- Check the information within the form before signing it
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If you have concerns about your own or a family member’s detention in hospital, or about Mental Health Tribunals or Court of Protection welfare proceedings, please contact Rebekah Sambrooks or Kirsty MacMillan.
Next in our series of ebriefings on the Government’s Green Paper: Transforming public procurement; looking at the Chapter 4 proposal to change the basis of contract awards.
The Academies Financial Handbook is updated annually by the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency; it contains a number of governance requirements for academy trusts.
Supreme Court publishes key decision for those working in the UK’s gig economy.
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On 4 November 2020, the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into force; exit payments for the public sector were capped at £95,000.
The case was brought by the Official Receiver who sought disqualification orders under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (CDDA 1986) against the seven trustees of Kids Company and its CEO. It illustrates well the tension between the role of a fulltime paid CEO of a large charity and the role of its board as voluntary trustees/directors.
At the end of 2020, The Charity Governance Code was updated or 'refreshed' as it is termed on its website.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is today (Thursday 11 February) revealing the scale of its social impact during 2020.
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