I have just been alerted by Rescare trustees to a post on the Special Needs Jungle forum entitled ‘The emotional impact of parenting a disabled child’. The article cites especially the resources available on the website Affintyhub.uk , created by Jo Griffin, a Counselling Psychologist and a parent carer. Here, when faced with (sadly typical) […]
Two debates this week in Parliament focused on the crisis in Special Education provision. One particular focus was on the financial strains that a dysfunctional system is imposing on both local authorities and parents, whilst simultaneously setting them up against each other via a failing assessment and appeals processes. Another issue considered was the (rising) […]
Warning this is a bit complicated! “The dividing line between the use of the MHA and the MCA DOLS is fiendishly complicated (a senior judge described it as like putting your head inside a washing machine and spin dryer)”. Lucy Series (legal expert, academic and blogger) has just published a thorough but informative blog article […]
We have previously cited and endorsed journalist Ian Birrell’s scathing articles on the treatment of children and adults with autism and learning disabilities in ‘secure hospital facilities’ i.e. Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs). Ian has now reacted angrily to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s commissioning of an ‘investigation’ by the CQC (“yet another review”) Please now […]
Having recently attended events organised by Public Health England around the topic of how to improve the health and consequent life expectancy of people with a learning disability, and aware of the findings of previous research on the issue stretching back beyond the Marmot Report of 2010, (sadly) I was not surprised by the contents […]
Following the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s “Thematic Review of Restrictive Practices, Seclusion and Segregation”, Minister Caroline Dinenage has now issued a written statement on behalf of Department of Health and Social Care. She begins with the following statements: “The Government has made improving the care and treatment of autistic people and people with […]
“First of its kind autism centre aims to dramatically cut diagnosis waiting time” This is the headline today on Sky News introducing an article on the opening of an autism diagnosis centre in Keele, Staffordshire. The headline above an article in the ‘i’ newspaper (sorry, I can’t find it online) reads “Children’s Centre will end […]
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), having initially launched a wider inquiry into the detention of young people, is now conducting two separate, more focused, and inter-related inquiries into the detention of people with learning disabilities and or autism in mental health and NHS inpatient facilities. To quote the JCHR website: “As a […]
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has just published ‘The State of Care 2017/18‘, its annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report ‘looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve’. You can find links to the report, plus a summary and an […]
Further to our feature article on Learning Disability, Health and Obesity , and specifically our reporting on Public Health England events in August and October. Speakers from Public Health England (PHE) were keen to emphasise that people with learning disabilities and/or autism should be able to access those services from the NHS to which they […]
ShamefulA SHOCKING RECORD OF FAILURE The abuse of people with autism and learning disabilities filmed secretly by Panorama at an NHS-funded, privately-run hospital just 8 years after Winterbourne suggests that not much has changed. The government has failed miserably in it's stated aim to implement the key recommendations in Lord Bubb's report that these institutions - prisons in all but name where people are kept in solitary - are shut down. This is not an isolated slip-up. The staff ( or many) at this hospital, now suspended, were thugs who, like warders in Victorian asylums like Bedlam, taunted, abused and insulted residents. One woman is seen screaming at a resident that her family are " f****** poison" They should, like their predecessors at Winterboune face custodial sentences. But they were enabled. Failed by a company that employs low-paid, low-skiled workers manifestly unfit to look after extremely vulnerable people. Failed by the CQC, increasingly unfit for purpose, that failed to pick up on what was going on and awarding the provider a 'Good' rating on its last inspection. It’s time the CQC was broken up. It’s too big, too bureaucratic and all-too-often looks in the wrong places. And failed by successive administrations that have not grasped the simple distinction that mental health and learning disabilities are two different conditions that require a different approach. It's time those MPs who take an interest in this forgotten section of citizens woke up to the fact that we have a rotten system built on a shaky foundation and a flawed premise. And that it needs root and branch reform. Watch the programme: bbc.in/2YLwNvz Alain Catzeflis Alliance for Camphill ...
Camphill Village communities have been providing care for people with learning difficulties in village communities alongside able-bodied volunteers since 1940. Based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, mentally-disabled people are encouraged to play a full part in village life, giving them value an...