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From Longcare to the White Paper

From Longcare to the White Paper opinion JAMES CHURCHILL Chief Executive of ARC and a Member of the Registered Homes Tribunal Panel of Experts court (after the suicide of the main alleged abuser, Gordon Rowe), three convictions were made on the relatively minor and obscure charge under Section 127(2) of the 1983 Mental Health Act of illtreatment and wilful neglect of people with a mental disorder (as defined in the Act). This is a careful, thorough and utterly irreproachable report which, like the court case referred to above, goes to considerable lengths to restrict itself to only that which is legally bombproof, even though there was ample evidence (of varying quality and availability) to go much further. Unlike the court case, the effects of the report are likely to be wide-reaching. Not only has its release precipated the early departure from office of the director and assistant director of social services, but it will no doubt also provide political ammunition to bolster the Government to move boldly in the way in which it was already going. Many of the report’s 95 recommendations have implications beyond Buckinghamshire, and are addressed directly to the Government as it prepares its White Paper on the future of social http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Housing, Care and Support Pier Professional

From Longcare to the White Paper

Housing, Care and Support , Volume 1 (4) – Dec 1, 1998

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Pier Professional
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Copyright © 1998 by Pier Professional Limited
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1460-8790
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opinion JAMES CHURCHILL Chief Executive of ARC and a Member of the Registered Homes Tribunal Panel of Experts court (after the suicide of the main alleged abuser, Gordon Rowe), three convictions were made on the relatively minor and obscure charge under Section 127(2) of the 1983 Mental Health Act of illtreatment and wilful neglect of people with a mental disorder (as defined in the Act). This is a careful, thorough and utterly irreproachable report which, like the court case referred to above, goes to considerable lengths to restrict itself to only that which is legally bombproof, even though there was ample evidence (of varying quality and availability) to go much further. Unlike the court case, the effects of the report are likely to be wide-reaching. Not only has its release precipated the early departure from office of the director and assistant director of social services, but it will no doubt also provide political ammunition to bolster the Government to move boldly in the way in which it was already going. Many of the report’s 95 recommendations have implications beyond Buckinghamshire, and are addressed directly to the Government as it prepares its White Paper on the future of social

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Housing, Care and SupportPier Professional

Published: Dec 1, 1998

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