CQC Inquiry: Report acknowledges extent of failiure

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 25th June 2012
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of adult social services have expressed their dismay at the findings of a Care Quality Commission inspection of services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours, published today.

Responding to the CQC launch, Andrea Pope-Smith, co-chair of the ADASS Learning Disability Network, said: Events last year at Winterbourne View quite understandably shocked the entire nation by the violent, thoughtless attacks on people with learning disabilities that were uncovered. Todays report acknowledges the extent to which those people have been failed.

But more optimistically it provides a practical guide towards providing for them more efficient, humane and effective services within their own communities. It entirely accords with the government's - and others' - commitment to the dignity agenda: an agenda which we hope will be given additional strength in the forthcoming social care White Paper."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Andrea Pope-Smith, co-chair of the ADASS Learning Disability Network, 01384 815800
Drew Clode. ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Ms Pope-Smith was a member of the CQC inquiry team

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.