As new allegations of abuse come to light, charities call for tough action

Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation call for those responsible to be held to account.

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy at Mencap and Vivien Cooper OBE, Chief Executive of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, say:


“We are appalled by the shocking allegations of abuse of people with a learning disability exposed at Veilstone Care Home in Devon. Many people believed that the scandal at Winterbourne View was a one-off, but there are strong indications that the abuse of vulnerable people is more widespread.


“It is of profound concern to us that the allegations of abuse include a resident who had already faced abuse at another institution. This represents a shocking failure to protect the most vulnerable people in our society.


Questions need to be answered about how a person could be abused in one service and then moved to another, where serious concerns have emerged – and the role of the care home, commissioner and CQC in this. Everything must be done to prevent abuse and when it is suspected, immediate action must be taken.


“Together we are calling on the Government to deliver on their commitment to strengthen corporate accountability and ensure Directors in charge of care homes and hospitals where vulnerable people face abuse and neglect are held personally and criminally responsible for these horrific failures. This would send a clear message that abuse and neglect will not be tolerated in our society and all those involved – from front line staff to the board room – will be held to account.” 

To see the full press release as a PDF document click here.



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