How nurses and carers can avoid the slippery slope to abuse
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How nurses and carers can avoid the slippery slope to abuse

Andrew McDonnell Clinical psychologist director, Behaviour-management training company Studio III, Alcester, Warwickshire
Emma Breen Assistant psychologist, Behaviour-management training company Studio III, Alcester, Warwickshire
Roy Deveau Research associate, Behaviour-management training company Studio III, Alcester, Warwickshire
Eimear Goulding Psychology project worker, Behaviour-management training company Studio III, Alcester, Warwickshire
John Smyth Trainee clinical psychologist, Behaviour-management training company Studio III, Alcester, Warwickshire

Andrew McDonnell and colleagues outline ways to prevent multiple mistreatment of people with learning disabilities in residential accommodation

This article contends that, in the care of people with learning disabilities, there can be a ‘slippery slope’ in which complex interacting behaviours, attitudes and values can reinforce abuse, sometimes with tragic consequences. The article discusses how professionals and managers can recognise and prevent the development of abusive organisational cultures at an early stage.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 5,36-39. doi: 10.7748/ldp.17.5.36.e1516

Correspondence

r.deveau@kent.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 October 2013

Accepted: 07 April 2014