Written by Maggie Laws, Home Support Development Manager, One Community
There has been a lot of talk about Winterbourne View in the news. Like many I felt shocked and angry that vulnerable people were treated in such an unacceptable way and that the serious concerns raised by the families were ignored. As much as Winterbourne View fills us all with sorrow and anger, it should also fire us up to strive for real change and improvement in the future.
People need to be supported in their community, in their own home or close to their home and family with local personalised services that meet their needs. Staff must speak out when they see poor care and practice taking place as well as getting the training and support they need to deal with the challenging behaviour. According to a new report from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) one million adults and children with learning disabilities do not receive the appropriate care.
Lessons must be learned and the actions must be taken to prevent abuse from happening again. It is also about promoting a culture and a way of working that actively challenges poor practice and promotes good quality care. Everyone has a part to play in making things better for people who receive support services. Care providers need to ensure the right money and resources are in place to grow community services. Care providers work together in partnership with the people and their families at the centre of planning to meet their needs.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will use the law to make sure service providers are doing the right thing. CQC will carry out inspections without letting providers know. The Care Act 14 was introduced to reform the law relating to care and support for adults and the law relating to support for carers. This Act is to make provision about safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect, to make provision about care standards, to establish and make provision about Health Education.
Together we can make a difference.
If you know of someone that may need a little support, there are lots of people at One Community that can help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.