How flexible can your procedure be? How do you give best emphasis to your desired patient outcomes?
Steadily increasing levels of homelessness combined with a steady reduction in social housing and temporary accommodation have led local authorities to find more creative ways of preventing homelessness and exploring housing options other than through the formal route of a homelessness application.
Guidance from HM Government document: Information Sharing – Advice for Practitioners providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents & Carers: March 2015.
In the UK female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal since 1985. Since 31 October 2015 health and social care professionals and teachers have a legal obligation to report any cases of FGM of children to the police. FGM is a serious crime and a child protection issue.
The Department of Health has published a revised Framework to help clinical commissioning groups and other professionals to assess the care required for children and young people (0 – 17 years) whose complex health needs cannot be met by universal or specialist health services.
Complying with two regimes
The issue of ordinary residence is both a complex and confusing area of law. David Owens and Ruth Atkinson-Wilks examine the recent case.
From 1 February 2016, new sentencing guidelines are in place for use by Courts in England & Wales.
Emily Heard, David Owens and Kate Davies provide their analysis of the case.
Eligibility, proportionality and discrimination
The Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016 has now received Royal Assent. The Bill has been much amended and extended during its controversial passage through Parliament, and amendments were still being moved in the Bill's final throes. In addition, many of the provisions amend other primary legislation so the Act cannot be read on its own.
Brief details of recent Government publications, legislation, cases and other developments relevant to those involved in local government work, which have been published in the previous three weeks.