Joint statement on Winterbourne View Concordat event
Jan Tregelles, CEO of Mencap, and Vivien Cooper CEO of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, comment:
“We welcome the Care and Support Minister’s announcement today on the changes to the Joint Improvement Board tasked with overseeing the programme to resettle people from in-patient institutions like Winterbourne View. The Minister has reaffirmed that this important work requires strong leadership and management, and given his personal commitment to ensuring this happens.
It is over two years since the BBC exposed the shocking abuse of people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View and it is unacceptable that the circumstances of all 48 people who lived there are still not known. We are frustrated and concerned by this – as well as the wider lack of progress in ensuring that over 3,000 people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges are properly supported to leave in-patient institutions, like Winterbourne View, and return to their local communities.
“Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation recently met with the Care Minister, Norman Lamb, and called on him to take urgent action to address this situation. We believe the Government, NHS and local authorities owe this to the victims and families of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, and thousands of others in in-patient institutions. We will continue to support work to make the changes needed and to challenge when progress is slow.”