Get in on the Act: Health and Social Care Act 2012

The Local Government Association has published a document summarising the Act and outlines the key points, as well as highlighting aspects which it considers are missing.  This report can be viewed on the Association’s website.  The full Act is in the LexisLibrary database, available through Library OneSearch.


Corporate manslaughter laws now apply to custody

Custody providers, including prisons, secure hospitals, police and juvenile detention facilities, are now covered by corporate manslaughter laws. The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007, which came into effect in 2008, created a new offence of corporate manslaughter which can be committed by organisations which cause the death of a person through gross negligence management failings. Further information is on the Ministry of Justice website.

More rights for children and vulnerable adults in court

New legislation has come into force to help make it easier for children and vulnerable victims and witnesses to give evidence in court. See the Ministry of Justice website for the press release and an outline of the amendments to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.

Changes to the Children and Young Persons Act (2008)

Changes to the Children and Young Persons Act (2008) came into force on 1 April 2011, and will have an impact on all professionals who work with looked after children.  The full text of the Act can be found in the LexisLibrary database, via eSearch.

Impact of smokefree legislation: evidence review, March 2011

“Legislation prohibiting smoking in workplaces and enclosed public places was introduced in England in July 2007. This Department of Health report outlines existing evidence of the impact of this legislation, and places this research in an international context.” [taken from the website].

Access the full report at

Health and Social Care Bill 2011

“The Health and Social Care Bill was introduced into Parliament on 19 January 2011. The Bill is a crucial part of the Government’s vision to modernise the NHS so that it is built around patients, led by health professionals and focused on delivering world-class healthcare outcomes.” [taken from the DoH website].

Click on Health and Social Care Bill 2011 for additional information and a link to the full text of the Bill.