Abuse and Neglect – do we love animals more? The Sequel.

Back in June I wrote a blog post comparing the public response to two current news stories – the first about Winterbourne View, the scene of institutional abuse of people with learning disabilities, and the second about two Metropolitan Police dogs who suffocated when their handler left them for too long in a vehicle. These … More Abuse and Neglect – do we love animals more? The Sequel.

Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people

For the last three days I’ve been in London for #NCASC – the National Children and Adult Services Conference. A considerable focus of the conference was #integratedcare and the need for #health and #socialcare systems to work closer together, set within the current economic situation and reduction of resources. I think its fair to say … More Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people

Waiting for #Dilnot – what is care and support?

I’m sat waiting for the Dilnot Commission to report – there are about 10mins left until it goes live on the Department of Health website. The few tweets that are leaking out of the press briefing, together with the media presence this weekend, suggest that Dilnot will be recommending that our politicians take some hard … More Waiting for #Dilnot – what is care and support?

Déjà vu…or why most people don’t know who #Dilnot is and don’t care!

I fully expect that over the next couple of days there will be many tweets sent and words written about the publication of the Dilnot Commission on the Funding of Care and Support; there is likely to be much musing about what it covers, what it doesn’t, whether its remit was right, how else we … More Déjà vu…or why most people don’t know who #Dilnot is and don’t care!

When will we learn? #safeguarding lessons

Over a week has passed since the Panorama exposé of practice at Winterbourne View. Run by Castlebeck the facility is described on their own website as “a purpose designed acute service, offering assessment and intervention and support for people with learning disabilities, complex needs and challenging behaviour“. I am not going to go into detail about … More When will we learn? #safeguarding lessons