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5th October 2012

The Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG) meeting, held on the 5th October 2012, focused on the Department of Health review and how the issues raised by Winterbourne View will be addressed.  

The meeting began with talks from Patience Wilson (Department of Health) and Professor Tony Holland (Cambridge University & Advisor to Department of Health review) who gave an overview of the Department of Health review and the impact that this will have.

Dame Jo Williams (Care Quality Commission) then spoke about the shortfall between policy and practice, the role of the CQC, and lessons learnt from the Learning Disability review.

Following this, Dame Jo Williams, Patience Wilson and Professor Tony Holland took part in a question and answer session, before three workshops were carried out simultaneously:   

  • Children and young people
  • CQC consultation “The next phase” strategy for 2013-2016
  • Winterbourne reflecting on professional roles and responsibilities: what have we learnt & what are we doing differently?

Andrea Pope-Smith (ADASS) then explained the importance of developing local services, and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service’s commitments to move forward, before Ben Dyson (Director of Commissioning Policy & Primary care, Department of Health) presented on NHS reforms and their commitment to prevent abuse and transform local services.

Next, Dr Catherine Sholl and Dr Caroline Reid (Chartered Clinical Psychologists, Ealing Service for Children with Additional Needs) talked about the Ealing Intensive Therapeutic & Short Break Service for Children with Additional Needs, which they set up in 2008. 

Following this, Beverly Dawkins (Mencap) updated members on the Out of Sight Campaign, developed by Mencap and the CBF, before Catie Bennett (Family Carer) shared the story of her sister Victoria and the abuse and neglect she has suffered in residential placements. Download the Out of Sight campaign report here.

Three action planning groups were simultaneously carried out on safeguarding, commissioning and practical support for families.

Finally, Dr Roger Banks (Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Bangor University) discussed the next steps and how we can move forward from Winterbourne View.

Written updates were provided by the steering group on progress made since the last CB-NSG meeting.

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