Large scale institutions are not the answer

24 February 2017

Large scale institutions are not the answer to good quality support

I visited 26 services this week including a number who have joined CMG in the last 6 months.  I was very pleased with the positive feedback I received from staff in those services about their experiences since joining the CMG family.

I was also very impressed with the quality of the daily diaries at Chetwynd Road in Portsmouth. They are extremely detailed and provide really good evidence of the support we are providing and the outcomes people we support are achieving.

I became aware recently that a Local Authority in England is planning to develop a block of over 40 supported living flats for people with learning disabilities.  This really concerns me as it would be a return to ghettoisation for disabled people and the development of an institutionalised service model.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve come across a Local Authority developing large scale supported living services in order to save money and deal with their cost pressures.  Whilst I appreciate Local Authorities do have cost pressures, there are different and more creative ways of finding savings rather than re-developing outdated service models which have a very poor track record.  Just because a service is called ‘supported living’ that doesn’t mean it is necessarily good quality.  An institution is an institution whatever it’s called.

 

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