A parent’s worst nightmare

Some of the patients in Winterbourne View were actually forcibly removed from the care of their families when their behaviour as learning disabled adults became a bit challenging for the community or the families themselves. Thanks to  Panorama secret filming the abuse was detected. What about the many not filmed places where abuse goes on and it is not detected?

It is only due to the film evidence that police can bring charges. Often enough, when people with learning disabilities make accusations, the police will simply not take action because the evidence is deemed unreliable.

That brings me to the multimillion pound care industry. The care workers featured do not seem to be professionally trained. I have got some very worrying experience with social workers for example where they come into a home and make up stories of what they have seen and write out reports, which are sheer fantasy. We have also seen it on that documentary, that care workers made up reports to make it look good for the records. They do know what to write to get justification.

Families are now desperate to get their children back, trying to rather cope with them at home, as part of the Care in the Community system.

The most popular demand heard is that care workers, and I think that should include social workers have to get registered. I already demand better qualification for social workers and there needs to be stricter monitoring of vulnerable patients in and out of care. Who known what is being said between those four walls, who will ever know unless it is reliably recorded as in this film?

I truly and honestly think that the only people who really can appreciate a severely learning disabled person are loving parents or family, people who have a conviction for trying to help those learning disabled people.

Looking how the government now also cuts back on disability payments, we see that because the criteria tests are far removed from reality, that the government simply doesn’t understand the emotional needs of people. It doesn’t surprise me that those in house patients didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning, when they face nothing but boredom and abuse. There is no therapy in the daily routine but what the government’s cost-cutting strategies reveal is simply looking how commercially viable people can be and they believe that the ability technically to carry out a task also enabled people to emotionally do the task routinely. That is where the gap is. Technical and emotional ability are closely connected and some people only function properly when they feel emotionally good. And feeling emotionally good is different from person to person.

Some autistic people want to sit alone in a room, some child like adults need 100 teddies around them just to do a simple task, others need trusted friends around them all the time to feel good and confident.

There is the question of qualification for care workers and/or social workers. I just recently signed on as unemployed and was promptly asked whether I want to work as social worker. I have not gotten one piece of qualification at all, though plenty of practical experience. Social work is not profitable and a job for cast offs so it seems.

The secret is to start preparation for life in schools and at the school age. Teaching to help the disabled early to understand the world from their point of view must be a priority and is cheaper than paying out 90 million a year to look after learning disabled adults in care homes. What is happening today is that learning disabled children are put through the normal schooling process just to drop out as young adults and needing looking after in institutions. Our comprehensive school system assumes that all will fit into society but special skills are not taught. Those vulnerable adults must have been to schools once and those school experiences did not fit the needs of those people.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whatsaysyou
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 11:50:52

    Just when I thought abuse against the disabled has lessened in this day and age, boy, am I wrong. We still have a long way to go when it comes to respecting and treating the disabled with kindness.


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