Lost To The Virus- Doreen Chappell


Again and again this Tory Government have let down people with disabilities, be it Welfare Benefits, Social Care and now it is the NHS with Health Care.

Disabled people have rights and these were strengthened through the Care Act 2014 with increased rights for the family carers. But what did this Government do at the start of COVID-19, they created the Coronavirus Act 2020, in which they included areas which removed some of the fought for benefits within the Care Act 2014 and they did this with minimal consultation and Parliament debate.

But the DNRs were being created by the NHS, GPs to be exact and the NHS is not governed by the Care Act 2014, as they have other rules and regulations under which they are supposed to conform, The Hippocratic oath.

The Hippocratic oath covers several important ethical issues between doctors and patients. The oath first establishes that the practitioner of medicine give deference to the creators, teachers, and learners of medicine. … The oath serves as a contract for doctors to work towards the benefit of the health of the public.

Disabled people are members of the public so ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNRs) notices should not be placed on any patient until they have been consulted.

This is a prime example of neglect, one of the safeguarding principles, however, the suspension of the Care Act 2014, in the Coronavirus Act 2020 means that neglect and safeguarding can not be used as a course of action.

One of the main reasons this Government suspended the Care Act 2014 through the Coronavirus Act 2020, but will the Human Rights legislation still be relevant, who knows.

Perhaps not, as at least one Judicial Review has be lost, so another win for this deplorable Government.

Same Difference

If Doreen Chappell’s first marriage was a disaster, her second one was a great success. She was born Doreen Brenda Ward in the East End of London, in 1936; her mother was a seamstress, her father, who had seen action at Gallipoli, later became a telecoms engineer.

It was a working-class household: Doreen left school at 15 to look for a job. Like many young women of the era, she became a typist and secretary, even having elocution classes to improve her chances of getting work.

Doreen married young, at 23. Her family didn’t approve – none of them attended the wedding – and when the marriage began to fall apart, they didn’t step in to help. “They thought that she’d made her bed, so now she should lie in it,” says her son, Simon. Doreen’s husband would disappear for weeks at a time, leaving her with the children…

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Turnover of social workers who ‘changed without explanation’ likely contributed to neglect case failings : Community Care


Social worker turnover probably contributed to drift and missed opportunities in a case where agencies “fundamentally failed to safeguard” three children who faced chronic neglect and sexual abuse, an investigation has found.

A scathing serious case review by Somerset safeguarding children board concluded the children’s parents found it “relatively easy to manipulate” an ineffective network of professionals who had been involved with them for almost 15 years.

Practitioners failed to understand the children’s lived experience or get to grips with their parents’ “resentment and rejection” of their involvement, the report said.

Somerset council’s children’s services were not the only agency found to have suffered from frequent staffing changes during the period covered by the review, which spanned 2012 until 2017.

But the review said social worker turnover at the South West county – which recently voted for early help cuts that a scrutiny board chair warned could harm workforce stability – had probably contributed to damaging “inertia”.

Between 2012 and 2015, the children’s case was overseen by nine different team managers and and six allocated social workers, the investigation found. One of the children, who contributed to the review, said social workers “changed without explanation” and that they could not remember being talked to one-to-one by any social worker who visited their home.

“The ability of professionals from children’s social care to establish effective working relationships with the children and their parents appears to have been hindered due to the number of workers involved with the family,” the review said.

‘Decision-making vacuum’

 

Source: Turnover of social workers who ‘changed without explanation’ likely contributed to neglect case failings   : Community Care

 

Mother’s fury after disabled son is left on a bus for hours : Express.


This is disgraceful and an incident that should never occur, it is abuse of neglect and is a safeguarding issue.

Is there a risk assessment?

From the article it does not state if safeguarding procedures have been implemented. The child is epileptic and as stated in the article could have had a seizure where the child could have died, then it would have been a police matter.

The article also does not say how the child is attending the Frances Wright Nursery while the investigation is proceeding or what the situation is regarding the staff who allowed this incident to occur.

The procedures and quality checks do appear to be well below an acceptable standard.

Pupils at a school queued for an entire lunchtime and still went without food – Wales Online


This school needs educating in lunch time procedures, the children will have paid for a school lunch and therefore should have allowed one of their choice.  Schools are run by supposedly educated people, so this situation should never be allowed to occur.

There is no mention of any staff going without lunch, so I assume they all had lunch. In many cases the children would have had an extremely early breakfast, if at all, so would then have had to waiting for their evening meal, if they were to have one. So in some cases children could have to go without food for 10 hours or more. In some instances the school lunch could the the only substantial meal that a child will receive.

The school should be ashamed for inflicting this on children who are within their care and was it any better the next and the next, etc.

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The school’s head teacher said ‘some initial adjustments need to be made’

Source: Pupils at a school queued for an entire lunchtime and still went without food – Wales Online

Trustees silent after watchdog reveals ‘shocking’ abuse that led to college closure | DisabledGo News and Blog


Young disabled people were exposed to “shocking” institutionalised abuse at a charity-run residential college in Kent, the care watchdog has revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) explained this week that it had forced the closure of the college after uncovering evidence that disabled residents had been exposed to “serious harm”. As a result of the watchdog’s actions, the trust that ran Westgate College for Deaf People was placed into administration in December, and the Royal School for Deaf Children, which was also run by the John Townsend Trust on the same site in Margate, was forced to close. CQC said there had been “significant concerns about the culture” of the college, which provided further education and residential services for 38 Deaf young people with high support needs and had been established as a post-16 department of the school in 1978. CQC first became aware of concerns after receiving “safeguarding alerts” in June 2014, and although the college initially showed

Source: Trustees silent after watchdog reveals ‘shocking’ abuse that led to college closure | DisabledGo News and Blog

Mencap suspends worker after she ‘loaded shopping bags onto man in wheelchair’ | Daily Mail Online


A shocking photo posted on social media appears to show a support worker for the charity Mencap loading her shopping bags on top of a wheelchair user as she smokes and chats on the phone.

Source: Mencap suspends worker after she ‘loaded shopping bags onto man in wheelchair’ | Daily Mail Online

‘The threshold for sexual exploitation feels 10 times higher than for other abuse’


Original post from Community Care

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Abbie* is retelling the story of her first child sexual exploitation case: a 14-year-old girl, with an extensive history of involvement with children’s services, had stopped engaging with her family and social workers and started a relationship with a man in his 20s.

The man was emotionally and physically abusive, pursuing a sexual relationship with the girl and refusing to use contraception. As a result, the teenager would become pregnant and he would insist she had the baby terminated. This happened three times.

Unequal relationships

It was while removing the girl from the man’s house that Abbie learned just how different this was from other sexual abuse cases.

“He was really dismissive of her,” she recalls. “Yet she was absolutely, in her mind, attached to him. She was in love with him, he was her boyfriend, he meant everything. This disparity between the perpetrator’s feelings and her feelings really struck me, and how unequal that relationship was and how exploitative he was being.”

Exclusive: Community Care reveals child sexual exploitation rose by 31% last year

Abbie has worked in social care since 2005 and has been a child protection social worker since 2009. Currently, she works in a London authority as a specialist social worker responding to cases of child sexual exploitation.

As we talk, she describes the emotional toll these cases take: the heartbreak when a developing relationship with a young person experiences a set-back; how, in the face of rising demand, it’s only going to get tougher to support them and her frustration at the systems making cases more difficult.

Inadequate systems

Children in need, child protection, assessment and intervention processes are all set up around inter-familial situations, she says, whereas in cases of sexual exploitation, the significant harm is happening externally.

“Child protection systems aren’t set up for sexual exploitation,” she explains. “Young people don’t get the same response as more typical or traditional cases of abuse.

“I will often hear social workers and managers say: ‘There is no point putting this young person on a child in need plan, [or] a child protection plan. What’s it going to do? The family isn’t the problem,’” she says.

As a result, children who have suffered sexual exploitation are rarely afforded the same response as other cases of sexual abuse. Sadly, she says: “It sometimes feels like the threshold for child sexual exploitation is 10 times higher.”

‘Incredibly frustrating’

The system for sexual exploitation cases feels very separate from child protection processes, Abbie admits. They are also tied to police and judicial responses, making this feel like a very time consuming, completely different branch of child protection.

She explains: “Our response is 100% affected by lack of experience, lack of understanding, lack of capacity. Child sexual exploitation cases can take a huge amount of time – because we’ve made this system that we work with separate – and not all social workers have the capacity to do what is asked of them.”

Abbie feels children’s services are “covering things up with quick fixes” and wants to see teenage victims approached in the way a five-year-old suffering inter-familial abuse would be. “We’re focusing on the incident of exploitation, rather than the child.”

Perversely rising thresholds

She would also like to see a less punitive response to sexual exploitation, with less reliance on placing victims in secure units, and the abuse more successfully integrated into the threshold of significant harm.

Alongside the frustrations of the system, there is also the issue of increasing demand;Community Care’s investigation has today revealed that referrals for child sexual exploitation rose by nearly a third last year.

Why are referrals rising so quickly? Abbie believes it is due to growing awareness of the abuse. However, she warns that, perversely, the more referrals children’s services receive, the higher thresholds will become.

As a result, there is a growing dependency on voluntary agencies. “One of the key frustrations is that social workers want to be the one to do the direct work. They want to be building the relationships, but they can’t and they don’t,” she admits.

Emotional toll

“They end up having to make referrals to voluntary services to do that work and then it’s another professional in that child’s life, and more coordination for the social worker to do.”

Frustration appears to be the overriding feeling for Abbie: frustration with the systems social workers operate in and frustration at having to pass on key work to other agencies.

Besides frustration, what emotional toll do these cases take? “Naturally, you reflect on your own adolescence and what you went through, and you remember how tough it is to be a teenager. “So, you put yourself and your knowledge of how difficult it was into their situation. And you just think: ‘It’s 10 times worse.’”

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Mother reportedly locked up son with cerebral palsy and no one noticed


Original post from The Washington Post

‘……. March 29 2015

When the mother dropped her 9-year-old son off at his father’s Washington home last June, the father was struck by the appearance of the boy, whom he had not seen in about a year. The child appeared to be malnourished. He had bruises and burn marks, and there were bits of duct tape stuck to his wrists and ankles, his father later told social workers.Taurus Bulluck, 30, rushed his son to Children’s National Medical Center. Doctors determined the boy had 60 injuries, according to D.C. Superior Court documents. They called police.

Police said that over a period of three months, between March and June 2014, the boy’s mother and her then-boyfriend kept the child locked in a bedroom in their Southeast D.C. apartment as “punishment” for misbehaving. The mother later told police she was “embarrassed” because the boy has cerebral palsy, according to court papers. She also said she “hated” her son and blamed him for a miscarriage, the papers said.

The mother, Betty T. Threatt, 27, is to appear Monday before Judge Rhonda Reid Winston in D.C. Superior Court, and her attorney said in court that she intends to enter a plea deal with prosecutors. Neither side would discuss details of the agreement. Her former boyfriend, Lester O. Jackson, 52, rejected a plea offer and is to go to trial in July.

Court, police and social service documents, along with family interviews, present a harrowing tale of how the boy allegedly ended up locked away without anyone noticing. Bulluck told social workers that Threatt had stopped allowing him to see their son. When ­Threatt moved to the District from Prince George’s County in February 2014, she failed to enroll him in school, according to two officials with knowledge of the case. The boy’s grandmother said she eventually became so worried that she called social services.

Threatt, Jackson and their attorneys would not comment publicly, and Bulluck did not return repeated calls and messages left with family members.

Threatt told social workers that she was born to a mother who was addicted to crack cocaine, an allegation her mother declined to address. At age 9, Threatt was sent to an inpatient psychiatric facilityfor treatment after putting the family cat in a microwave and turning it on, according to social services documents. “I got meds for my anger and therapy,” she told a court-appointed psychologist recently. She said she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Threatt said that a year after she returned home, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, an allegation that her mother denies. By the time she was 13, Threatt gave birth to the first of her five children.

‘I thought I could trust her’

The boy was the second-oldest of Threatt’s children. For the first few years of his life, he was raised by Threatt, his father and his paternal grandmother in Bulluck’s family home in the 300 block of Decatur Street NW. Threatt, Bulluck would tell a social worker, “moved in and out” of the house several times during the boy’s early years, then finally left for good, leaving Bulluck and his mother to raise the boy.

When his mother died in 2013, Bulluck told social workers, he felt he could no longer care for his son and sent the boy to live with ­Threatt. “I thought I could trust her,” Bulluck told a D.C. social worker, according to a 28-page document prepared on Oct. 23.

Bulluck said he visited his son at Threatt’s apartment on weekends for a year, according to the report. But Bulluck lost contact with Threatt after she began dating Jackson and eventually moved, according to the social services report. Threatt would not give him her new address, he told social workers, and allowed him to speak with his son only with the phone on speaker.

As 2014 wore on, Bulluck became more concerned about his son’s whereabouts, according to the report.

 He told a social worker that Threatt told him she had sent the boy to live with his maternal grandmother. The grandmother, Lora Brighthaupt, 56, said in an interview that it wasn’t true. She said she, too, became worried about the boy last year.

In February 2014, Threatt and Jackson moved with the boy and his three younger siblings from Temple Hills, in Prince George’s, to the District. Police said that soon after the move, the couple began locking the boy in a bedroom and withholding food.

According to the police charging document, Threatt received about $700 a month for her son as part of his government disability check. She told social workers she also received about $732 a month in Social Security for her disability.

Threatt told police she had Jackson change the locks on the boy’s bedroom so it locked from the outside, according to the charging documents. She also told authorities that she struck the boy with a belt and that she and Jackson wrapped the boy’s ankles and wrists with duct tape, the documents state.

Sometime over the next few months, Bulluck and Brighthaupt both began searching for the boy, according to Brighthaupt. “I hadn’t seen my grandson in four months. My family hadn’t seen him. There had to be something wrong,” she said.

Brighthaupt said she contacted D.C. Public Schools but got no answers. She said she and Bulluck later went to a school where she thought the boy was enrolled. “They would not allow us to come in the building and check and see if he was there,” she said.

Eventually, Brighthaupt said, she called the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. A spokes­woman for the agency declined to comment on whether an investigation was launched.

Bulluck would later tell a social worker that he thought Brighthaupt’s call prompted Threatt to drop their son off at his home on June 18.

After her arrest a few days later, Threatt’s three younger children, ages 1, 4 and 7, were placed in foster care. It is unclear who had been caring for her oldest daughter. A neglect case has been filed against Threatt involving the younger children.

More than a week in hospital

When the boy was 5, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which mostly affected his left hand, according to the social worker’s report. After her arrest, Threatt told a detective that she was “ashamed” of her oldest son. Social workers did not detail any signs of physical abuse of Threatt’s other children.

Prior to her arrest last June, Threatt had little contact with police. In 2009, D.C. Superior Court records show Threatt was arrested for driving without a license. In 2012, she was arrested for assaulting her landlord and was ordered into anger management classes.

Threatt’s family blames Jackson for the alleged abuse. “My daughter wasn’t like that until she met” Jackson, Brighthaupt said. “She wasn’t into drugs. She didn’t drink; she didn’t do nothing. I’m not saying it was anybody’s fault. I’m just saying my daughter was not like that before she met that man.”

Threatt’s sister, Asia Brighthaupt, 30, said, “It was the man, the dude my sister was with, who made her do those things.”

Jackson, who has a 1-year-old with Threatt and adult children ages 34, 27 and 22, told a social worker that he and Threatt dated for about four years and that the relationship was “up and down.”

In 1992, Jackson was arrested for handgun possession. The outcome of that case is not clear. Prosecutors also allege that Jackson, while in the couple’s apartment, pulled out a handgun, pointed it at his head in front of Threatt and the children and said he would pull the trigger.

The boy, now 10, spent more than a week in the hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and monitored by the psychiatric unit. “Mr. Bulluck was practically living at the hospital with his son, attending team meetings, attending therapy session (both physical and mental) to learn how to care for his son post-discharge,” the social worker wrote.

Later, the child received therapy, working on walking long distances, climbing stairs and his speech.

A teacher told a social worker in October that the boy, now in the third grade in a Southeast elementary school, was “clingy” and that there was some concern about his performing at grade level. But overall, the teacher said, the boy was “doing well.”

The boy’s grandmother said he was “excellent” and likes football and basketball. “He doesn’t talk about what happened,” Brighthaupt said.

Bulluck told social workers that he is now focused on raising his son.

“It’s all about school, video games and getting back to normal,” he told the social worker.

As for what police say happened with his son’s mother, “I will teach him to respect her, because she is his mother, but never to forget,” he said.

Julie Tate and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

  Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post who has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture.   …….’

Cuts and more cuts to Social Care


Deeper cuts to Social Care Budgets

Many, if not all councils are making cuts which will affect frontline services and some of these will reduce the amount of care being given or made available to some of the most vulnerable adults in the UK.

Many of these adults are reliant solely on their council funded care packages, as their disability benefits are used to fund other essential daily living costs, such as food, heating and other costs.

Some may have family carers, but these carers are already providing care to the limit of their resources. There is no slack for them to do more. many of the carers, themselves are aged and after many years of caring, their health as or is beginning to deteriorate.

The effects of any of these cuts will enhance the health deteriorisation of both family carers and those being cared for. This will, create many safeguarding issues and will further stretch the resources of both the NHS and Social Services.

Thereby creating a much greater funding crisis.

While I do not begrudge the ‘ring fenced’ money for Overseas Aid, thereby safeguarding the vulnerable overseas, but why can not the same be given to the vulnerable of the UK.