Fiona Ritchie, Managing Director for Learning Disability Services at Turning Point, responded to the publication of the government’s report ‘Winterbourne View: Transforming Care Two Years On’

News item posted: 26 March 2015

"We welcome this report, as it highlights some of the progress that has been made over the last two years. It also draws attention to the progress that still needs to be made, before we are able to say we have appropriate support systems in place for people  with a learning disability.

"It's great to see so much emphasis on the involvement of people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. However, we must make sure that we continue to focus on support rather than care, and the need to let those with learning disabilities take control of their own lives in every way possible.

"The report makes clear the transformative difference this can make to the lives of individuals and communities yet we struggle to give back the power to the individuals that need it. People with learning disabilities and families should not have to wait any longer to access appropriate support in their own communities and homes.

"A key aspect of this will be making sure that the right infrastructure is in place, particularly with respect to the workforce - making sure that they have the skills and experience to empower and support people  to take control of their lives and for them to show us how it is done!."