Alarming rise in allegations

It is shocking to see a rise in unexpected deaths, serious incidents and abuse allegations that people with learning disabilities are experiencing in home care and supported living.

Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 08:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 09:36 am

Whilst better reporting and an increase in supported living has a role to play in this increase, these latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) figures reflect the increasing number of stories we’re hearing in the sector of poor care, abuse and neglect.

With the recent LeDeR report highlighting the alarmingly low life expectancy people with learning disabilities face due to institutional discrimination and inequalities, we need radical change in the sector.

Chronic under-funding of social care is exacerbating the issue, creating an environment for the kind of incidents we see in these figures.

We have worked hard to negotiate proper levels of funding, but we urgently need longer-term reform that paves the way for safe, high quality support.

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Until this becomes a reality, we will continue to suffer unnecessarily.

Alicia Wood

Head of Public Affairs, Dimensions