The BBC has reported on safeguarding issues in Hesley Group services for children and adults with learning disabilities.
The BBC has been covering the abuse and neglect of children and adults within Hesley Group settings, including this article, published on 14th April, which details wide safeguarding failures at a Hesley Group home for young adults. A joint statement relating to this coverage has been published by Dr Margaret Flynn, Dame Christine Lenehan, and Dr Sheila Fish, who led the safeguarding reviews into Winterbourne View Hospital, Atlas Care Homes, and Cawston Park Hospital, the Hesley Group and Whorlton Hall Hospital.
The joint statement, collating the common issues and calling for meaningful systemic change, can be read here. It reflects on the multiple safeguarding scandals inservices for children and adults with learning disabilities and identifies the recurring themes found in reviews and investigations, highlighting that nothing is fixed. Individuals and organisations are invited to endorse the statement.
If you agree with the joint statement and would like to endorse it,contact with the Coalition for Change, a group established after the Cawston Park Safeguarding Adults Review here.
Family Support Service
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this statement, you can call the Family Support Service on 0300 666 0126
Or email us at email@example.com
We are open at the following times:
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 3pm
We offer information about challenging behaviour to anyone who provides support to a child, young person or adult with a severe learning disability. We can also signpost you to other specialist organisations and sources of information.
Please note we are a small support service so you may not be able to get support straight away. We will support families with urgent concerns as a priority.
Professionals are also welcome to contact the CBF.
On 20th of April 2023, the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published the second of two reports into residential settings run by the Hesley Group in Doncaster.