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This article aims to outline simple measures which, by making better use of existing legislation and provision, could change the day‐to‐day experience of individuals with…
This article aims to outline simple measures which, by making better use of existing legislation and provision, could change the day‐to‐day experience of individuals with learning disabilities currently in long stay hospitals, whilst phased local provision is being sourced for them. The proposals will also promote the safety and dignity of the minority of patients who ultimately cannot be settled successfully within their own community. Further, these measures may help ensure that any individual undergoing assessment and treatment at such a unit, for whatever period, and for whatever reason, will receive care in an environment where abuse cannot go unnoticed or unchecked.
The paper provides a review of the potential to use current legislation and provision to better effect, highlighted by case studies.
Commissioners contracting with providers could include measures to promote the safety and protection of adults with learning disabilities from abuse at little or no cost to the commissioning authority.
This is an original piece of work – developed from a short opinion/comment piece (750 words) originally prepared for the benefit of mental health lawyers in the Law Society Gazette. It is primarily of value, however, to social workers, care providers, adult safeguarding teams, advocacy services and commissioners of services.