A group of families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View have published their family stories reflecting on the last ten years since the Winterbourne View scandal. Read ‘Tea, smiles and empty promises.’
Today (31st May 2022) marks 11 years since BBC Panorama exposed abuse at Winterbourne View hospital.
In 2021 a group of families whose relatives were at Winterbourne View published ‘Tea, Smiles and Empty Promises’ highlighting the lack of progress over the last decade. The report also shared the experiences of multiple other families whose relatives have experienced poor care over the last 10 years.
‘Tea, Smiles and Empty Promises’ made three clear calls for action:
- Avoid traumatising children and adults with learning disabilities and autistic people in the first place by providing the right support at the right time in the right place
- A focus shift to early intervention and preventing admission/ readmission, as well as getting people out of inpatient units
- Provide appropriate trauma support for individuals and their families
11 years on from Winterbourne View we are still waiting for publication of the Building The Right Support action plan. When published, the action plan must fully address and sufficiently resource the three actions identified above.
The latest data published by NHS Digital shows too many children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autistic people remain in inpatient settings. See the latest infographic here.
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