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Tea, smiles and empty promises: Winterbourne View a decade on

‘Tea, smiles and empty promises’, is a collection of stories written by families with relatives who were at Winterbourne View.  It marks ten years since BBC Panorama exposed abuse at Winterbourne View hospital and the lack of progress in transforming care.

Several other families with relatives with learning disabilities and/or autism have also contributed their experiences of support for their relative.

‘Tea, smiles and empty promises’ calls for urgent action to:

  • avoid traumatising children and adults with learning disabilities and autistic people in the first place by providing the right support at the right time in the right place
  • a focus shift to early intervention and preventing admission/readmission, as well as getting people out of inpatient units
  •  provide appropriate trauma support for individuals and their families

More can be found on the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) website: Winterbourne View 10 years on - Winterbourne View 10 years on - Challenging Behaviour Foundation

CBF is a registered charity that was founded in 1997 by Vivien Cooper OBE, the parent of a child with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.