The Second Book
Bold Visions: the short cut to inclusion - or the inevitable route to Winterbourne View?
The back cover synopsis provides the justification for publication:
"The dramatic reaction to the exposure of the Winterbourne View scandal left no doubt that the principles of Care in the Community policies introduced half a century ago are in tatters. This exposition poses the question of why such a laudable philosophy has gone so far off track; whether this outcome was predictable, who has been responsible for shaping policy developments and who has been implementing them? It attempts to draw attention to the possibility that current policies are based on fundamentally flawed premises and questions whether commendable philosophies become distorted and irrevocably lost as a consequence? It is hoped that the content will enable readers, whether layman, practitioner or professional, to form their own opinions. Hopefully it will prove controversial enough to stimulate wider debate at a national level.”
The threat of another horrific Winterbourne View scandal continues to grow as parents are being left with no choice but to reluctantly seek help from such institutions, as this the only option now readily available for them. Yet policy makers have continued to ignore the vital changes that need to be implemented in our society’s care system and to reverse the damaging regression they have caused with their fundamentally flawed policies.
In an effort to overcome the strong resistance of those unable to accept my rational and objective justifications, with my opinions and contributions to national debates continuously blocked, the need to give the public more than just the one-sided story became paramount.
The solution was a much more simplified and direct approach in the form of a brief monologues, with two distinctly different approaches: the first exposes the fragility of the policies upon which momentous decisions that led to the outcome of Winterbourne View were based; the second illustrates more accurately the problems that beset those with all levels of learning disability in attaining genuine acceptance by their communities.
The issue of genuine acceptance and inclusion arises from the apparent difficulty that policymakers have had in accepting that brain damage does actually exist. It confirms that there is a tremendous amount of productive capacity and contribution to the benefit of our society available if people with learning are provided with the right support, in the right environment, and the right quality staff
THE TRAGEDY OF WINTERBOURNE VIEW
Good Intentions - And the Law of Unintended Consequences.
Lawrence: An Ambassador Extraordinary