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The new post addresses a topic I’ve avoided since starting this BLOG in 2011! – language and terminology. It’s a can be a complicated and sensitive business which ties some people up in knots and it must be said, the cumulative impact of everyone’s views just gives rise to that old cliche that “you can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of theim …” etc., etc.. The post is about the importance of legal terminology, however outdated or stigmatising it may be – and that police officers usually need to focus on legal language and not medical classifications.
I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a –
“Significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY.
UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
– Part One – general framework affecting all detainees.
– Part Two – issues variously affecting detainess.
– Part Three – how PACE relates to the MHA in custody.
– Part Four – detailed vignettes on PACE / MHA.
Temporary Reduction in Output!
I’m in the process of updating, tidying and re-indexing all 500+ posts on this blog and in the process of organising print copies of all my posts into hardcopy folders. As such, I’ll be writing less until this is complete. I also changed the ‘theme’ of the BLOG well over a year ago and need to reformat some of the posts so they don’t look odd and old!
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