Winterbourne View, Ten Years On

A group of families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View have been putting together a collection of family stories, reflecting on the decade since Winterbourne View and the lack of progress in Transforming Care. Several other families with relatives with learning disabilities and/or autism have also contributed their experiences of support for their relative.

‘Tea, Smiles and Empty Promises’ was published on Thursday 27th May: written by families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View, and marking 10 years since BBC Panorama exposed abuse has now been published here: CLICK

Since the shocking discrace of Winterbourne View, Mencap have been campainging for change:

“The latest NHS’ figures show that there are at least 2,040 people with a learning disability and/or autism currently in inpatient units. These people can be subjected to physical restraint, over-medication and being kept in isolation.

“It’s 10 years since the Winterbourne View scandal, so the Government has had more than enough time to get people back to their local communities, near their loved ones, where they belong. 

“We want to see people with a learning disability back home in their communities, living fulfilling lives close to their families and friends, with proper support in place for them in their local area.”

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