ASSIGNMENT 204 - TASK B - RESEARCH AND ACCOUNT
IDENTIFY TWO REPORTS ON SERIOUS FAILURES TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS ON ABUSE. WRITE AN ACCOUNT THAT DESCRIBES THE UNSAFE PRACTICES IN THE REVIEWS.
Concerns at Winterbourne View Hospital first came to light after a charge nurse raised the issues with the hospital in October 2010 and his allegations were passed on to the local authority, South Gloucestershire council, in its capacity as lead safeguarding agency and then relayed to the CQC in December 2010 but nothing was done.
In May 2011 the BBC released undercover footage about the appalling way vulnerable residents at Winterbourne View Hospital were being treated, once the footage was released it came into light that the owners …show more content…
He had been tied up, dragged round by a lead, imprisoned, burnt with cigarettes, humiliated and repeatedly violently abused in his own home over a period of time. He had been forced to make a false confession that he was a paedophile and coerced into taking a lethal dose of paracetamol tablets. Finally he was taken to the viaduct and forced over the railings before one of the perpetrators stamped on his fingers until he let go.
Steven was a 38-year-old man with learning disabilities. His murder was the culmination of ongoing abuse. Five people were involved on the night of his death. The ringleader was Darren Stewart, 29, who had moved into Steven’s flat along with his girlfriend. The other perpetrators were Martin Pollard, 21, Stewart’s girlfriend Sarah Bullock, 16, and two male teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons. The two male teenagers took part in the torture and humiliation of Steven but left before he was forced to take the tablets and taken to the viaduct.
Steven’s death followed a series of abusive incidents occurring over a period of months that a number of agencies, including police, health services, housing and social services, had been alerted to at some stage. Opportunities to intervene to halt the abuse were missed.
Steven had been identified as having learning disabilities as a child and numerous agencies and organisations came into contact with