People with learning disabilities often live together in small groups in a house or small development with round-the-clock support.
Closing the Winterbournes.
Winterbourne View Hospital: Department of Health Review and Response.
Winterbourne View: Update and Action Needed.
BBC Panorama programme on 31 May 2011 featured systemic abuse of patients within Winterbourne View, an independent hospital run by Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd.
The Department has issued a dear colleague letter to the NHS and local authorities setting out action that needs to be taken forward by NHS bodies and local authorities. People with learning disabilities continue to face real health inequalities and it remains a priority for the NHS to work to improve health outcomes for this excluded group.
The letter also reminds commissioners of the minimum action that is expected to be taken in order to improve standards at a local level. Agencies were requested to appoint a lead commissioner to coordinate the work of all commissioners of patients and residents for any facility where CQC has advised that regulatory action may need to be taken in order to ensure the welfare of the individual residents.
Since December 2011 the Care Quality Commission has been carrying out a series of inspections of hospitals and care homes that care for people with learning disabilities.
One size doesn't fit all in learning disability sector, says Winterbourne View JIP principal advisor
Learning for Care Homes from Alternative Residential Care Settings.
Full Lives by Children's Commissioner for Wales (2014)
In his Annual Report of 2012-13 the Children's Commissioner for Wales made a commitment to undertake a distinct piece of work that would examine the implementation of the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children (Wales) Regulations 2012.
The regulations provide for a range of services to be put in place to meet this duty and required local authorities to prepare and publish a ‘Short Breaks Services Statement’ by September 2012. Whilst the short breaks services statements published by local authorities acknowledge the important role of short breaks in supporting children and young people to engage in social and learning activities, overall, the Commissioner remained unconvinced that the short breaks services statements go far enough. Some local authority short breaks statements go further than others in communicating the importance of short breaks in providing access to new opportunities that support good outcomes for children and young people with disabilities and those that care for them.