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New Coalition for Change aims to transform care in Norfolk

Following the tragic deaths of Joanna, Jon, and Ben at Cawston Park private hospital, a new Coalition for Change is being launched to transform the care of adults and young people at risk of institutional care.

The initial report of the independent Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) was published on 9 September 2021. The report was commissioned by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board and led by Joan Maughan.

The project will aim to produce a new approach to supporting people with challenging behaviours in Norfolk, tailoring services to the needs of individuals and reducing the need for inpatient care. The new strategy will be co-produced alongside those with lived experience of institutional care, both as service users and also family members and advocates.

The Coalition for Change will be a new independent body working alongside key partners to create a sustainable service which provides a holistic approach to care for adults and young people. The coalition is being formed by a number of individuals who have both national and local influence, and an independent coordinator is currently being recruited as the first step in establishing the project, supported by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Waveney CCG.

To find out more about the role and register your interest, please contact [email protected].  The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 22 April.

Joan Maughan, safeguarding consultant to NSAB, said “This project is specifically targeted at those people, of all ages, that are deemed to have ‘challenging’ behaviours and are at risk of institutional care. All too often children and young people follow a trajectory of being excluded from special schools, family members experience stress and difficulty while the individual may well end up in an out of area residential school. Transition back into the community is difficult, placement breakdown frequent and ultimately the placement of the individual in an inpatient assessment treatment unit.”

The Coalition for Change has been created in response to recommendations given in the SAR following the deaths of Joanna, Jon and Ben at Cawston Park in September 2021. These recommendations highlighted the need for a rebalance of responsibility for Norfolk citizens away from “medical- led admissions and social care discharges.”