The CBF and Mencap Launch Out of Sight Campaign Report
Our new report Out of Sight, produced in collaboration with Mencap, warns of the risk of “another Winterbourne View”, unless the Government takes strong action to stop people with a learning disability being sent to large institutions, often hundreds of miles from home.
In total, Mencap and ourselves have received 260 reports from families concerning the abuse and neglect of people with a learning disability in institutional care, since the Winterbourne View abuse scandal was uncovered by the BBC Panorama team in June 2011.
The joint report, Out of Sight, details a number of serious incidences reported by families, including physical assault, sexual abuse and the overuse of restraint – both physical and in terms of overuse of medication. It also explores the plight of families to have their loved ones moved closer to home.
There are currently hundreds of people with a learning disability in assessment and treatment units like Winterbourne View, and other similar institutions. Many of these are located hundreds of miles from home, where people are at particular risk of neglect and abuse.
We are calling on the Government to urgently address systemic failings in the care of people with a learning disability, by closing large institutions and developing appropriate local services.
Please download our joint press release about the report here (doc 45 KB).