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The Care Quality Commission have just finished a report all about the care of disabled people.
This is because they have been looking into it since the bad stories about Winterbourne View. You can find out more about this in the CHANGE statement.
This new report says that things aren’t as bad as they were in Winterbourne View but that disabled people are not getting a good service.
I read the report. It says people are not being treated as individuals. Another way of saying this is that disabled people are not being given a chance to choos and say what they want.
The next thing they found out is that disabled people are staying too long in Assessment Centres (the places where professionals will find out how to help the disabled person).
The next thing they found out is that the restraint is not good and is hurting them. This is when someone might hurt themselves or someone else adn restraint is a way to stop them from doing this.
The other thing they found is that disabled people are bored.
I think they should talk to disabled people, ask them their views and listen to them and take on what they say.
The assessments are taking too long so they need to do a faster and better job.
Professionals need to learn how to do restraint in a better and safer way.
I’m upset that people are bored – they should be put on more activities and find more ways to help people to get out into the community. Things like going on day trips, going to the cinema, to the gym, to the park or to a restaurant.
It’s bad that disabled people are not being treated fairly. I think we should get them (the CQC) to do a better job and then go back and see if things are better.
Acton Baths, where Police handcuffed and assaulted teenager
I read a story in the paper about a young man called Josh who has learning disabilities. He was at the swimming baths with his friends and support workers. He was in his clothes at the side of the pool and he was enjoying looking at the water. He was in his own dream world, another word for this is a ‘trance’. The pool staff rang the police because they wanted him to stop doing it.
This is when things started to go really wrong for Josh. The police and pool staff didn’t listen to the support staff, they tried to get Josh to stop but this scared him and he jumped into the pool. After he got out of the pool the police put handcuffs on him and tied up his feet, and then they put him in the police van.
Police put Josh in handcuffs
The Police left Josh alone in their van - cold and dripping wet
He was all wet and very frightened and they left him all on his own.
Josh and his family were very upset and angry about what happened so they took the police to court. The judge agreed that the police were guilty and had discriminated against Josh. Another way to say this is that they were not fair to him. The judge said that the police had to pay some money to them. Josh and his family are pleased the court said the police are guilty but they really want the police to say sorry.
Since this happened every time Josh hears a police siren he gets very upset and frightened. He doesn’t like going swimming anymore. His epilepsy is worse because he is so upset about it.
Police sirens scare Josh since the incident at the baths
I think the police need to learn more about working with people who have a learning disability,
The police don’t want to say sorry because they want to take it back to court. We disagree, we think the police should say sorry and admit they made a mistake.
What if Josh is a victim of a hate crime? The police are saying they want disabled people to speak up about being bullied but this will be very hard for Josh after his terrible experience.
Come on Metropolitan Police – you can do a better job than this!