Care Act 2014: An A-Z of Law and Practice

Care Act 2014

Care Act 2014 is the first book to fully explain the provisions of the 2014 Care Act and its implications for health and social care in the UK.

This comprehensive yet concise book is written by leading authority in the field, Michael Mandelstam, addressing the issues arising from the new legislation and its impact on everyday health and social care practice.

Below is an extract from the book, covering the issues surrounding the Care Act for the the letter ‘H’, particularly focusing on the Health and Social Care Act Regulations 2014 which include: home adaptations, home care visits, hospital discharge, housing grants and human rights. Click the link below to read the chapter.

Click here to read an extract from Care Act 2014

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What every parent and professional needs to know

The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law by Tony Attwood, Isabelle Hénault and Nick Dubin.

This ground-breaking book explores issues that can arise surrounding the autism spectrum (ASD), sexuality and the law.

From the book, Larry Dubin

“I know the love and dedication that is required of parents raising a child on the autism spectrum. There are so many issues that are extremely difficult to navigate. I have great admiration for parents who work hard to find and pay for necessary services while helping their children deal with the many social, sensory, speech and language, and other issues that can arise. With my deepest respect for these special and dedicated parents, let me offer this advice in light of our family’s heart-breaking experience.

  • Recognize that your child is a sexual being. Although it may be difficult to deal with your child’s sexual issues, don’t ignore them, and seek professional help if necessary. Current research indicates that a variety of problems can arise with respect to sexual development for those on the autism spectrum.
  • Make clear to your child that certain behaviors could lead to an encounter with the criminal justice system and even to imprisonment. These behaviors include viewing child pornography on the internet, stalking, unwanted touching, having meltdowns in public and indecent exposure. Your child must understand the severe legal consequences that can occur when these types of charges are brought against people on the autism spectrum who may not understand that they were even committing a criminal act. It may be appropriate to place restraints on your child’s computer to ensure only lawful use.
  • Nick’s case was processed under federal law of the United States. Although most countries criminalize possession of child pornography, the elements of the crime, the possible defenses, and the potential prison sentences are not uniformly followed. Parents should become familiar with the laws pertaining to child pornography in the country in which they reside.
  • Be sure your child knows that if ever confronted by the police, with respect to having committed a crime, he or she should be polite and ask for a lawyer to be present without making any further statements. The trusting and naïve nature of people on the autism spectrum, who typically want to please authority, make them easy candidates to be taken advantage of by trained police officers who can question them without the protection of a lawyer. The law allows police officers to make certain false statements in order to get a confession that can and will be used against the person. There is also the danger that false confessions can occur. It is always best to have a lawyer present to represent the interests of a person on the autism spectrum before making any statements to law enforcement personnel.”

Why this Book Matters—

“As you will discover reading this book, we have been through a long and horrific ordeal. Our family has suffered in silence and shame for over three years. Many would wonder why we have actually chosen to publicly expose such an intimate and personal experience. The answer is that we wanted our experience to count for something; to have a larger meaning. Our purpose in writing the book is to bring forth an issue that has been in the shadows for too long.  In the process of preparing Nick’s legal case, we gathered significant information and research that we feel obligated to share with others who could benefit from it.”

Kitty and Larry Dubin

This book is an invaluable addition to the shelves of parents of children with ASD, mental health and legal professionals, teachers, caregivers and other professionals working with individuals on the spectrum. For more information, please visit our website.

JKP at the Frankfurt Book Fair

JKP is exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.

Jessica Kingsley took a few minutes between meetings to talk about why we attend this major international event, and to highlight some of the things we’ve been talking about.


Video: Michael Mandelstam, author of ‘How We Treat the Sick: Neglect and Abuse in our Health Services’

In this video series, Michael Mandelstam talks about his new book, How We Treat the Sick, which shows beyond question that neglectful care is a systemic blight, rather than mere local blemish, within the UK’s health services.

In the book, Mandelstam analyses the causes and factors involved, reveals the widespread denial and lack of accountability on the part of those responsible – and spells out the political, moral, professional and legal implications of this failure to care for the most vulnerable of patients with humanity and compassion. Most important, he points to the main obstacles to a solution – and to how they can be removed and change be accomplished.

Part 1: The “substantial seam of bad” in the UK health service


Part 2: The Mid Staffordshire Inquiry


Part 3: Finding a Solution to Poor and Neglectful Care

Part 4: Focusing on Practice, not Politics

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2011.

Breaking Bad Habits in Communication for the Helping Professions

By Maggie Kindred and Michael Kindred, authors of the new book 500 Tips for Communicating with the Public, which addresses the communication challenges that people in the helping professions face in the workplace, covering topics such as managing conflict, assertiveness, feelings, listening and boundaries. It also includes guidance on reflection, supervision, confidentiality and anti-discrimination.

We hope that the advice we provide in our new book, 500 Tips for Communicating with the Public, will help you to do your job more effectively – but it comes with a warning: some bad habits may have to be ditched!

How do people get into these bad habits? Life consists largely of ‘learned behaviour’. We learn everyday skills, like cooking, mainly by example. It is quite possible to get by doing all kinds of things which could be done better. Interestingly, many people decide to have lessons to supplement their cooking, recognizing that their level of competence is perhaps limited – but when when it comes to communication, it does not necessarily occur to us that we could do it better!

At the extreme end of the scale it is obvious that shouting at people, causes distress and does not get the desired result. But how many people do not realize that they are causing offence by:

  • standing too close to people?
  • writing letters and emails which SHOUT, because of the lettering and style they have used?
  • using nicknames and over-familiar modes of address?

Do we perhaps take for granted our ability to communicate effectively? How can we recognize our bad habits in communication and un-learn them?

Hopefully this is where our book comes in. Over the years experts in the helping professions gradually learned what helps and what does not in communication from their detailed observations and analysis of clients’ and patients’ reactions. This collective knowledge is generally thought to make up the tools of counselling and psychotherapy, but we believe that volunteers, carers, public servants and everyone in the helping professions can benefit enormously from learning adapted forms of counselling and communication skills.

This book contains advice for all who work with people on ‘the front line’. With its  jargon-free, practical advice, our book brings communication skill development within the reach of all, helping us to break the bad habits of a lifetime acquire some new, good ones!

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the many helpful tips in the book:

One-to-one communication is best in short bursts.
Take breaks when you or your client needs them. No session should be longer than an hour – even this is three times the 20-minute attention span commonly recommended by educationalists. (page 36)

Check whether your client prefers information in writing.
It’s preferable to provide information in writing to avoid it being forgotten or misinterpreted. (page 53)

Beware of communication running too smoothly.
Things rarely progress without conflict or negotiation…If there’s anger or disagreement under the surface, it needs to be brought up as it can sabotage your work. (page 117)

For 497 more great tips, read 500 Tips for Communicating with the Public!

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2011.

Announcing the new JKP Complete Catalogue: Autumn/Winter 2010-2011!

We are pleased to announce that our new Complete Catalogue is now available! 
Inside you’ll find new and forthcoming titles on our full range of topics.

Click to browse the JKP Complete Catalogue – Autumn/Winter 2010-2011

Information on How to Order