Helping young people reach their goals.
We have been campaigning over the last year to make sure the government takes action to stop abuse happening and enable people to return home from institutions like Winterbourne View. The government’s final report is an important first step. Thank you to the thousands of you who contacted your MP and the Minister, calling for action.
The government has set targets for local areas to move people out of places like this and ensure they get the right care and support in their local community. Please write to your local Health and Wellbeing Board and local authority and ask them to tell you what they have done to make the progress that is urgently needed.
The report commits the government to a programme of change, which will be led by a national team. The programme aims to reduce the number of people with a learning disability who are being sent away to assessment and treatment units like Winterbourne View.
Out of sight is a campaign report by Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and tells the stories of James, Chrissy, Joe, Emmanuel and Victoria. In the report, their families talk about the terrible neglect and abuse their loved ones have experienced in institutions like Winterbourne View, often far away from home.
Simone was one of many residents that suffered abuse at Winterbourne View up until it was exposed by Panorama. This is her story...
Simon was one of many residents that suffered abuse at Winterbourne View up until it was exposed by Panorama. This is her story...
Watch James’ story to find out why we need your help to persuade the government to make changes to the way they provide services for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges.
If you are worried about the care of a loved one and need support or advice, call Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 or the Challenging Behaviour Foundation on 0845 602 7885.