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Health campaigners have called for changes in how society treats adults with learning disabilities following the scandal at two care homes in Devon. They said that vulnerable adults were often subjected to solitary confinement, forcefully restrained and given anti-psychotic medication when they were not mentally ill. Jan Tregelles (pictured), chief…
The investigation into abuse of vulnerable adults at two care homes in Devon was launched after one of the residents contacted the authorities. The resident - known only as AC - reported managers of the Veilstone and Gatooma homes to the Care Quality Commission in July 2011. He had lived…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
A vulnerable man with learning difficulties has been left "traumatised" after being punched and held at knife-point during an armed robbery in South Lanarkshire. The 32-year-old man was standing at a bus stop near Calderwood Square, East Kilbride on Friday at around 11pm when he was approached by two men.…
The National Autistic Society is encouraging autistic people across the UK, and their families, to talk to their local general election candidates about autism, by holding candidate coffee mornings. The charity has produced a range of resources to help set up the meeting and decide on what topics to focus…
The 10,000 Voices initiative is designed to capture the lived experience of people who use services and affords them an opportunity to tell their story in a way that enables services to change and improve. The survey was undertaken in partnership with the PHA and this report represents the first…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to prosecute an NHS trust after an 18-year-old patient drowned at one of its specialist facilities. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured) suffered an epileptic seizure while taking a bath at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire in 2013. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust accepted full responsibility…
Skills for Care has issued a specific pledge for the social care sector to support the STOMP (stopping the over-medication of people) with a learning disability and / or autism campaign and is urging all relevant social care employers to sign up to support it. STOMP aims to raise awareness…
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