Out of sight

Stop the neglect and abuse of people with a learning disability in institutions like Winterbourne View


We have been campaigning for over three and a half years to make sure the government, NHS England and Local areas enable people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges to return home from institutions like Winterbourne View.

The Government had promised this would happen by June 2014. But there was a total failure to meet this target. Recent figures shows there are still 3, 230 people with a learning disability stuck in units.

The latest plan (January 2015) from NHS England and its partners was very disappointing. More recently a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) looked at the failure to date to make progress happen. When NHS England and the Department of Health were questioned by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee about the findings of the NAO report, NHS England announced that there would be a closure programme developed over the next 6 months.

We must keep the pressure on to ensure change happens.

Sign the petition

Help us make sure the next government keeps its word to provide the right care for people with a learning disability in their local community.

Infographic: Too many people still shut away

See our latest infographic highlighting the number of people still stuck in units away from their homes and families.

Learning Disability Census 2014

Key Statistics from the Census about information about people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges in inpatient units.

Winterbourne View: The Scandal Continues

Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s June 2014 report highlights the human impact of the failure to date to move people out of places like Winterbourne View

Out of sight report

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.

Support and advice for families

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.

Case studies

Case studies of individuals who are - or have been - stuck in treatment and assessment units far away from their homes and families.

Key actions in the government's report

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.