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For: deinstitutionalisation

Do we need a Truth and Reconciliation process in psychiatry?

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Sarah Carr and Danny Taggart explore the case for truth and reconciliation in psychiatry and mental health services. It’s a really thought-provoking blog that all mental health service users, survivors, refusers and professionals should read.

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“It can still happen here”: institutionalised abuse of people with learning disabilities

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Hannah Morgan reflects on a literature review of empirical evidence and wider social research, which seeks to place the abuse of people with learning disabilities in a broader cultural context.

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An evaluation of a community living initiative in Ireland

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The move away from long stay hospital settings to community settings is long established in the UK.

Here, Victoria Smillie looks at an evaluation of a community living initiative from the Republic of Ireland which set out to chart the experiences of those who took part in the move.

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Life histories as counter-narratives for people with learning disabilities

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Gerry Bennison examines an Icelandic study where four women with learning disabilities use life histories to challenge the historical, institutional accounts of their lives.

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Learning Disabilities Elf review of 2014

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As the year draws to a close and we elves gear up for some seasonal duties, we take a look at some of the blogs we have published throughout 2014 and welcome some of our new bloggers.

Also, we will be looking for new contributors in 2015, so look out for more news of that in the new year.

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Irish Minister suggests use of undercover video as part of inspections to combat abuse in residential services for people with learning disabilities

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In the week following the publication of the Bubb report after the appalling scenes uncovered at Winterbourne View, a team in Ireland uncover similar abuses in a care centre in Mayo. Here we look at what they found and the initial response of the authorities there.

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Community treatment orders and the limits of freedom

Erstwhile Mental Elf blogger, Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Salford University, joins the Social Care Elf to examine a study on the perspectives of service users, psychiatrists and carers on community treatment orders.

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New charter of rights and mandatory commissioning framework recommended by Bubb Report

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The Bubb report has now been published. It recommends a new commissioning framework for services provided for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are currently in inappropriate hospital units.

Here we take a look at the recommendations and ask if it is enough to bring about the change that is so clearly needed.

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National event for people with learning disabilities provides clear proposals for inclusion and development

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Earlier this year, a national event organised by and for people with learning disabilities looked at the closure of long stay institutions. Here we reflect on the proceedings and the positive and constructive proposals that emerged.

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Eight stories in film showing people with learning disabilities living their own lives

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Living your own life in your own home is something most of take for granted. It’s just something you do. We don’t tend to think about community, or independent living, or planning, we get on with it. This is not always the case for people with learning disabilities. In this post, we wanted to link [read the full story…]