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Winterbourne View report calls for ban on physical restraint
Why the dramatic and untruthful headline ?
It is a fact that some people with learning difficulties present very challenging behaviour Patterns. Facilities like Winterbourne emerged when the large hospitals which many people with learning difficulties were cared for were closed.
The hospital closures resulted in many people being successfully integrated into the community.
The small number of individuals who demonstrated very challenging behaviour were problematic for Social Services who simply had no local facility in which to care for these people.
The individuals who found themselves accommodated in places like Winterbourne demonstrate, in most cases, extreme and unpredictable violence which can be directed toward fellow clients ,staff or the environment.
Facilities such as provided by Winterbourne will, In my opinion, always be required.
The failure of Winterbourne is a failure of MANAGEMENT. Management recruited the staff. failed to provide training or adequate supervision and refused to listen to legitimate concerns.
It seem wrong to me that Management can create these situations and then walk away whilst muttering the magic words "lessons have been learnt"
The police and the Crown Prosecution Service must find a means of placing these Managers in the dock , they are guilty of abuse by neglect.
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