Over the last few months, I’ve been increasingly coming to the view that the distressing events around Winterbourne View are having a negative impact way beyond that faced by the people and families who lived in that institution and others like it.
The Winterbourne scandal was widely perceived as having an ‘up-side’ – an opportunity to focus attention on some things that needed changing in the sector. The policy priority around citizenship and life described in Valuing People had lost momentum. Learning disability was increasingly not being seen as a priority by policy makers and services. Winterbourne View gave it that priority and (so many of us hoped) provided the opportunity to finally deal with inappropriate institutional approaches and ensure that people who challenged had the same life chances as others.
Read the rest of Rob’s blog here – NDTI