Under the spotlight – how our society supports people with learning disabilities

There has been much discussion about the welfare of people with learning disabilities following a recent BBC Panorama programme showing abuse of residents at Winterbourne View care home.

The following three articles are an excellent, challenging and thought-provoking read on the subject and, quite rightly, contribute to a much-need discussion on the pitfalls of the current model of care for people with learning difficulties – and recommendations as to how this can be improved.

Bristol Care Home: A failure on every level by Jim Mansell – Jim Mansell criticises local health and social services and the support they provide to people with a learning disability, while discussing the implications of last week’s Panorama programme. You can read the article by clicking Jim Mansell – Guardian Online

Peter McGill and Glynis Murphy, Co-Directors of The Tizard Centre (one of the leading UK academic groups working in learning disability and community care) express their views on ‘The Events at Winterbourne View’. To read the article click Events at Winterbourne View.

The National Valuing Families Forum have also issued their response to the shocking abuse of residents at Winterbourne View. Click NVFF to find out more.

For more articles around the events at Winterbourne, and the wider discussion of the quality of support for people with learning disabilities in this country, visit the Mencap Liverpool Twitter site at www.twitter.com/mencapliverpool

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