Yep, I'm having a moan.
After Winterbourne and others similar there was quite rightly a backlash about centres of it's kind.
I take on board everything about it, the distance, the wicked sadists that passed for staff and agree that there is too much of the out of sight, out of mind mentality.
I received a emailed newsletter from the association that supports those with my daughter's condition, in it was a link from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and their campaign to get assessment and treatment centres like Winterbourne closed down and transferred to "local services".
I understand the reasoning behind it, I really do. But what about the centres that are not full of masochists, those who take time to make a proper assessment and who do a good job for those who don't fit in anywhere else?
I do have a bit of a gripe with the CBF who state that they equate severe behavioural difficulties and challenging behaviour with severe learning difficulties, something that smacks of pigeonholing and prejudice in my book. What about those with mild learning difficulties and severely challenging behaviour, where is their support..or are they not deemed to need any?
My daughter has only mild learning difficulties yet her behaviour has proved so challenging it could not be dealt with in our locality, nor the specialist placement she moved to last year - and they are supposed to be the experts.
She is in a hospital for people with learning difficulties and severe challenging behaviour and has been there nearly a year. She is flourishing, emotionally, socially and with her behaviour and skills.Her medical needs are also looked after. It is proving to be the right place for her but if the CBF had their way, it would not exist. What would happen to people like my daughter then, those who appear to be more able than they actually are?
In our borough if you have SLD you get the lions chunk of funding with many activities etc laid on, MLD you get very little as it is assumed there are few, if any, other problems. You are capable and therefore should be a) at college or b) doing voluntary work.
Nothing like a good bit of positive discrimination
I disagree with vulnerable people being sent hundreds of miles away from their families.
I disagree with the scenario at Winterbourne and others like it.
I disgree with the fact that when the whistle was blown, CQC did nothing.
But I also disagree with the assumption that one size fits all and that all assessment and treatment centres should be closed without exception. Kind of reminds me of the "care in the community" scenario of the 80's in Mental Health. Brilliant for many and an unmitigated disaster for those who could not cope and found themselves without the services that they needed because institutions were politically incorrect.