Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958

'Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person... Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.' Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958

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Friday, 15 July 2011

A good read

Probably not for summer poolside reading, but you might be interested to know that Cambridge Journals are offering free access to all journals for the next six weeks.  You can find an index of their journals here.  Here are a few that caught my eye...

Two great papers on the Mental Capacity Act 2005:
STANLEY, N. & MANTHORPE, J. (2009) Small Acts of Care: Exploring the Potential Impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on Day-to-Day Support. Social Policy and Society, 8, 37-48.
Also a nice case comment by Jo Miles on the case A Local Authority v DL & Ors [2010] EWHC 2675 (Fam), concerning the inherent jurisdiction of the Court of Protection in relation to welfare matters of vulnerable adults who have mental capacity.  And another case comment by David Feldman on the judgment in Austin & Anor v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2009] UKHL 5 - I include this case on this blog because case law on deprivation of liberty in such diverse areas such as control orders and kettling has the potential to come home to roost in relation to detention of incapacitated adults in care settings...

And finally, an interesting critique of New Labour's performance in relation to human rights in mental health:
CARPENTER, M. (2009) A Third Wave, Not a Third Way? New Labour, Human Rights and Mental Health in Historical Context. Social Policy and Society, 8, 215-230.
And also, Mark Neary - the father of Steven Neary in London Borough of Hillingdon v Neary & Anor [2011] EWHC 1377 (COP)  is writing a book about his experience of his son's unlawful detention.  The book will be called Get Steven Home, and drafts of chapters are available on Mark's blog.  I particularly recommend reading the final (very moving) chapter: Magna Carta.


  1. thanks Lucy for alerting people to our research, glad you liked our articles, we are producing more so if you want to keep in touch look at the news section of our website, social care workforce research unit, at King's College London. Season's greetings, Jill Manthorpe

  2. Hi Jill, thanks - just had a look and noticed a new papers from you and your colleagues on the MCA:

    Challenges and expectations of the Mental Capacity Act 2005: an interview-based study of community-based specialist nurses working in dementia care

    available from here:;jsessionid=44CCC2CA1F089E8C9DF5396FDADC60A8.d03t03?systemMessage=Wiley+Online+Library+will+be+unavailable+17+Dec+from+10-13+GMT+for+IT+maintenance.

    Look forward to reading it! L