The Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Mencap respond to failings at Slade House in Oxford


Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, and Vivien Cooper, CEO of The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, say:

“We were all sickened by the appalling abuse of people with a learning disability exposed at Winterbourne View, yet over two and a half years later, we are still hearing that assessment and treatment centres are failing the very people they exist to support.


“The Care Quality Commission has uncovered shocking failures at Slade House in Oxford*, and it has now also been confirmed that in the summer a young man died there whilst in the care of that unit**. How many more cases of neglect, abuse and now death do we need to see before action is taken?


“We have serious doubts about whether the government will meet the deadline they have set for ensuring that over 3,000 people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges are properly supported to leave in-patient institutions and return to their local communities. It is vital that the government and local areas take urgent action – while vulnerable people remain in these units, they are at high risk of abuse.”


* The CQC report is available here

**My daft life blog:

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