Driving to a meeting this morning, listening to Radio 4, the first item on the 8.30 news bulletin was that the Care Quality Commission is considering putting hidden cameras into care homes for older people and disabled people (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24523895).
It takes a few moments to sink in: “What?! Post-Winterbourne View, post – the Solar Centre, that’s your answer?!”
Yet again the focus is on a few violent, callous individuals, a few evil souls, we will catch them on camera carrying out the abuse and, then, and only then, we will deal with them. Problem solved. How can this be the solution? The abuse will still happen, people’s lives will still be shattered, and the systemic, structural and wider cultural causes of abuse will remain unreported and unchallenged.
This, to us, is a shocking example of what we see as institutionlised violence of disablism – state tolerance of the abuse of disabled people.
And as I drove back from the meeting and listened to the one o’clock news, things had moved on, the item was not the first on the list in the bulletin, in fact it didn’t feature on the news programme at all…
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