It is seven years since events at Winterbourne View care home in Gloucestershire exposed grotesque abuse in a supposed sanctuary of state care. Ministers responded with gushing promises to get people with learning difficulties out of such assessment and treatment units, where they were being dumped for years. But for all the fine talk, little has been achieved. There was a review three years ago, with fresh pledges to slash numbers by 30 per cent by next March. Instead, more than twice as many children are now housed in them, while 2,400 adults are trapped in institutions after a tiny drop in numbers.

Ian Birrel of ‘I-News’ reveals the case of Bethany, who is 17 and lives with Autism who is kept in solitary confinement behind a locked door, who he reveals is “fed three times a day through a hatch like a dangerous creature in a zoo”.

Joanne Purvis from SecuriCare says, “This is shocking. Beyond shocking in fact.  We must always seek alternatives to restraint. Always. The question that need to be continually asked and answered is ‘Do I really need to use restraint in this situation?’ Only if the answer is yes, and that there is no other alternative, should a follow question be raised ‘How do I make sure it’s as safe as it can possibly be?’. Everyone must be held accountable for their actions.”

SecuriCare offer a range of courses designed to ensure that nominated trainers can help staff to respond safely and effectively to any ‘Challenging Behaviour’ that may occur, including the application of ‘Physical Interventions techniques’. All programmes are finalised after full training needs analysis and delivered by experienced frontline practitioners. Click to see our ‘Preventing & Managing Challenging Behaviour’ Course which includes ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ techniques designed to minimise the need for any kind of restrictive intervention. You can also take a look at our person centred Behaviour Planning Service.

Contact us for more information and to discuss your needs: E: trainers@securicare.com or T: 01904 492442