A group of families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View have put together a collection of stories, reflecting on the decade since Winterbourne View and the lack of progress in Transforming Care. Several other families with relatives with learning disabilities and/ or autism have also contributed their experiences of support for their relative. 

‘Tea, Smiles and Empty Promises’ was published on Thursday 27th May: written by families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View, and marking 10 years since BBC Panorama exposed abuse has now been published here:

On the CBF website: Winterbourne View 10 years on - Challenging Behaviour Foundation

On the Mencap website: Transforming Care For People With A Learning Disability | Mencap

Tea, smiles and empty promises’ calls for urgent action to:

-Avoid traumatising children and adults with learning disabilities and autistic people in the first place by providing the right support at the right time in the right place
-A focus shift to early intervention and preventing admission/ readmission, as well as getting people out of inpatient units
-Provide appropriate trauma support for individuals and their families

The families have joined together to write a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, demanding action and delivery of “real, enduring change” to stop this domestic human rights scandal. 

The subject is also being debated in Parliament today (10 June).