Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Change is a-coming

The Government published its long-awaited final response to the Winterbourne View scandal this week, and it did not disappoint. Many within the sector have been calling for action, not more words – and the Government has certainly responded. Hopes are now high that reform of learning disability hospitals will follow, and quickly. Along with the usual fine words about how bad the failings at Winterbourne View were and that the system has to change, the Government has crucially backed those words up with specific reforms and a timetable for their completion. This is where Winterbourne View hopefully differs from the


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