Here is a blog post about a whistle blower, who blew the whistle on Wirral Borough Council.
It appeared, disabled supported living tenants in its care, were being financially abused, and bullied.
It cost the whistle blower his job, and, took 9 years to expose.
And was only possible, because of local media, and, an audit commission, would they be available today?
The only state policy, for those now in mental long stay hospitals, is, to move them to local supported living, and ‘specialist’ hospitals. Owned by private for profit venture capitalists.
And, the only Adult Social Services support, for all autistic, learning disabled, and physically disabled at 18, is for such support termed ‘independent living’, despite 24 hour surveillance, and all decisions being made by the support provider.
Local Authorities, via Health and Social Care Trusts, both commission, and police, these ‘supported living’ arrangements, and, the ownership of the provision is being bought up by USA and Canadian venture capital.
So, there is little, if any, oversight, or protection, of such provision, some has not even been tick boxed by the CQC.
And, the service users, and, their families have no rights, not even a voice, and, all is in secret.
7th July 2015
Some years ago, Wirral Borough Council’s reputation lay in complete tatters, after a number of Social Services’ senior officers had been found financially abusing disabled supported living tenants in their care – at three locations in Moreton, Wirral.
This abuse went on for NINE long years, even though a social worker told them very early on what they were doing was illegal and morally wrong.
But the officers dishing out the abuse ignored his warnings, isolated him, bullied him, mobbed him and drove him out of his job.
That employee was social worker Martin Morton. Eventually he decided he was not going to “stay bullied”. He blew the whistle to the local press, brought in the Audit Commission, and fought for wide ranging external investigations into bullying, power abuse, and serious failures in high level governance.
Many years later he was finally vindicated – completely – and offered his job back. Very wisely, he refused…
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