The Challenging Behaviour Foundation and Mencap respond to the Winterbourne View sentencing

“This must never happen again”: Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation respond to the Winterbourne View sentencing

 The jail sentences given today send the clear message that the abuse of vulnerable people with a learning disability will not be tolerated, and those individuals responsible have rightly been held to account in a criminal court.

 This must never happen again. Yet it is clear that the system is failing people with a learning disability, who are being sent away to institutions often hundreds of miles from home, where they remain for years, at increased risk of abuse and neglect.

 Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation are calling on the Government to drive through the closure of these institutions, and commit to developing local services so people with learning disabilities can live near their families in their local communities.

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