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As 7 care staff are charged with neglect of vulnerable people with a learning disability*, charities call for tough action

As 7 care staff are charged with neglect of vulnerable people with a learning disability*, charities call for tough action

 

Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation call for those responsible – from front line staff to the Board Room – to be held to account

 

Devon & Cornwall Police have charged seven with conspiracy to false imprison and conspiracy to ill treat vulnerable adults residing in their homes.

 

The charges relate to allegations surrounding the treatment of eleven residents at three care homes run by Atlas Project Team Limited namely Veilstone, Gatooma and Teignmead in Devon between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2011.

 

Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Royal Mencap Society and Vivien Cooper, chief executive of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, say:

 

“We are deeply concerned by the shocking allegations of abuse of people with a learning disability across a number of services run by the company Atlas. The public were shocked by the scandal at Winterbourne View when it was broadcast on television and it is horrifying to hear that – at the very same time – an abuse scandal of a similar magnitude may have also been happening.

 

“As staff face charges for their alleged involvement, questions must be asked about the role of commissioners, the care regulator (CQC), and senior Atlas staff.  We must send a clear message that abuse and neglect will not be tolerated in our society and that all those involved – from front line staff to the board room – will be held to account.”

 

* Link to Devon and Cornwall Police press statement: http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/NewsAppeals/14723

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