Mendip House and NAS

The Mendip House safeguarding report which has just been issued outlines in detail the abuse which occurred and makes distressing reading. There can be absolutely no excuse for the horrific events which took place there.
In September 2016 LDE released a statement about the poor care and support that had taken place at Mendip House. As the National Autistic Society (NAS) are our members we were extremely concerned about what had happened and wrote to them with our concerns. They replied to our letter and explained what they were doing to address the abuse that happened.
Actions included closing Mendip House, this has now been done, and addressing concerns about issues not coming to the attention of the leadership team quickly enough. We were reassured that NAS was dealing with the situation with apparent openness and vigour.
We have written to NAS again asking them to update us on their actions and to ensure their policies and practices now fully safeguard the people they have the privilege to support. We will share their response on this site once received.

Guest Blog from KeyRing A ‘home for life’

I’m, ahem, late 30’s and I cannot even begin to think that this beautiful house in which I am lucky enough to live could be a ‘home for life’. I’d like a bigger garden, windows in the bathrooms and a utility room to name but a few of my requirements.
The term is completely alien to me so why do I hear it so often when discussing the needs of people with a learning disability? I fear that this notion is one that was part of a movement towards people having a say about where they live. It had its merits but it’s time now to leave it in the past.
People are often limited by the expectations of those around them. It is up to us to help them aspire to exceed those expectations. People need to be taught about the real options that are available to them and be encouraged to explore them. Flux is part of life and life is for the living. Telling an individual that their Shared Living accommodation is their ‘home for life’ is self limiting. I went through numerous tenancies and, let me tell you, I’ve experienced a fair few disagreements, toilet roll hiding being a common outcome of many of these. If someone had told me that the inconsiderate, up all night partying, boys that I shared with in my early 20’s were in my home for life, you’d better believe that I would be displaying ‘behaviour that challenges’.
Not only that, but surely the ‘home for life’ option is the most costly to the public purse? It’s a bit like a parent never giving any freedom or life skills to their offspring. They are likely to either completely rebel or they will just become so reliant on the parent that they never move on. As providers we have the same duty of care to guide people, to give them the life skills that they need and, most of all, let them go when it is time.

written by: Charlie Crabtree, Development Manager
Charlie has been working as a Development Manager at KeyRing for the past 8 years. She loves asking questions that challenge people’s preconceived notions of what individuals can achieve. She is partial to Netflix as well as regularly attending the gym and is an active member of her local Timebank

Understanding the key requirements of the GDPR

10.00 – 11.00, 2nd February 2018

Our next free webinar for LDE members is being presented by Helen Cookson. This is an hour-long introduction to GDPR with a particular focus on understanding the key requirements and demystifying the core principles of data protection.  Helen will look at the steps which organisations are expected to be taking to prepare for the implementation of the GDPR in May 2018 and help you understand some of the common pitfalls so that you can focus your action plan to most effect.

Helen is a senior associate in Trowers & Hamlins LLP’ Privacy and Information Law group, and also works within our Employment Team.   Helen advises public, third and private sector clients with a particular focus on social care clients and advises on a range of data protection, privacy, and freedom of information issues with a particular focus on the issues which most often arise in relation to employees, including subject access requests and data sharing.  She is a very experienced seminar speaker and often provides training on data protection issues.  In particular, she is one of the team leading on helping our clients gear up for the GDPR with the aim of taking a practical approach to the new law.

The 2018 edition of the Legal 500 (North West Employment) notes that she “is adept at advising on data protection issues linked to employment”.

 

Philip Hammond causes storm with remarks about disabled workers

LDE is very disappointed that Philip Hammonds comments give a very misleading picture about the access which disabled people have to the labour market and about the massive contribution which they make when they are given the opportunity to be economically active.

Figures suggest that just 6% of adults with a learning disability known to their local authority in England are in paid work (HSCIC 2015).  This amounts to just shy of 7,500 people.  Figures also suggest that a total of 17% of adults with learning disabilities aged between 16 and 64 are employed.  The difference between these figures shows how few people receive local authority support.

We believe that government policy is failing people with learning disabilities and respectfully suggest that rather than charging people who have been so dramatically failed with the country’s woes, he should dig deeper, look to really understand the issues and refrain from sweeping statements which blame disempowered people for policy failings.

Sleep-Ins Update

LDE wrote a plain English briefing on sleep-ins and National Minimum Wage back in July. You can read that briefing here.

The government has just made a new announcement about sleep-ins and National Minimum Wage. We think it is important to share this news with our members.


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