Summer 2012 newsletter

The summer 2012 edition of our Newsletter, “Challenge” is now available. This edition, “Hearing but not listening”, is focused on ensuring that families’ voices are listened to.

A family carer shares her experiences of working with multiple agencies when her family needed extra support in caring for her daughter.

The issue contains a summary of a 2011 survey of short breaks services, including a family’s experience demonstrating the importance of receiving a break for individuals with severe learning disabilities and their families. A New resource is featured which has been produced to help make sure families are involved in best interest decisions, as well as guidance to help employers and organisations to provide better support for carers.

The 2011 Panorama Documentary “Undercover care: the abuse exposed” showed systematic and pervasive abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View private hospital. This edition looks at the publication of the CQC report of its inspections of 150 learning disability services and Department of Health Review: Interim Report into what happened at Winterbourne View. Two family carers share the experience of their son in his time living in residential care and an assessment and treatment unit similar to Winterbourne View.  

In our 15th Anniversary year, we look back on the difference that the CBF has made to the lives of individuals with severe learning disabilities and their families. We focus on some of our most important achievements from the last 15 years, from the CBF’s family support service to being able to offer training to groups of family carers and professionals.

To see the summer 2012 edition of “Challenge” click here, or email your details to: to be added to the newsletter mailing list for future issues.

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