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Out of area and bottom of agenda

Simon Jones Head of behavioural support, Care UK

Simon Jones asks why the recommendations made in the Mansell reports have still not been put into practice more than one decade later

The recommendations in the Mansell reports published first in 1993 and updated in 2007 have not been implemented, despite the scandal at Winterbourne View and its aftermath. There is now nationwide awareness of the plight of people with learning disabilities placed in out-of-area specialist inpatient hospitals, yet only about 5% of them have been moved to independent accommodation over the past year. This article studies why Mansell’s recommendations have not been put into practice and explains why challenging behaviour should be seen as a symptom of underlying problems, not as the focus of community learning disability team attention. It concludes that strategies, such as positive behaviour support and person-centred active support, may enable clients to achieve maximum levels of independence and participation.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 10,18-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp.17.10.18.e1601



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 September 2014

Accepted: 16 October 2014