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Safeguarding Adults Review of Mendip House

The Safeguarding Adults Review of Mendip House, one of seven “separate” National Autistic Society (NAS) learning disability services on one site, describes how people with learning disabilities were subjected to a range of abusive practices revealed by a whistle-blower in May 2016. The review report describes shocking and degrading treatment  and catalogues the poor practice and standards that led to the abuse - alongside failures of “the system” and the safeguards within it that should prevent the abuse from happening.

After the abuse at Winterbourne View Hospital in 2011, the Transforming Care programme promised change. Mendip House (now closed) was on a site with six other learning disability services that remain open – a campus. Segregated services, closed communities, numerous safeguarding alerts, a toxic staff culture, people placed out of area with little commissioner input or scrutiny – 5 years after the Winterbourne View abuse was uncovered, striking common issues have been exposed at Mendip House.

People with learning disabilities have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to get the support they need to have a good quality of life. We are still a long way from making this a reality for all.

Review author Margaret Flynn said: "Mendip House is another heartsink account of inadequate oversight of a specialist service which failed people with autism and learning disabilities. The NAS' governance and service model failed them and geographically remote commissioners - acting as place hunters - failed them. We can do better than this."

The Safeguarding Adults Review report can be found here (PDF)

 

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