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Government announces legal protection for vulnerable adults

Appalling abuse at Winterbourne Hospital prompts announcement from Minister

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9 June 2011

Human rights lawyers at Leigh Day & Co welcome reports that the Care Minister, Paul Burstow, has announced that the Government is to give more protection to vulnerable adults in care in England.  Details of "safeguarding" boards similar to those for vulnerable children are to be published within a fortnight.

Mr Burstow told the BBC: "It comes as a surprise to people that the statutory basis for the safeguarding of vulnerable adults in this country is much weaker than that which exists for children.

"I'm committed to follow through on some recommendations we have received recently from the Law Commission to implement statutory safeguarding rules that will require the police the NHS, social services to work together."

Solicitor Emma Jones welcomes the fact that new legislation is being contemplated.  She said:

“Having practiced in the area of abuse claims for many years it will be a step forward if we see new legislation.  The protection of vulnerable adults from abuse of any kind has always been difficult to prevent.  We are only too aware of this as we see too many cases.  If the government do decide to draft new legislation, I hope that it will go far enough to actually put in place proper measures to ensure that the appalling events that took place at Winterbourne View cannot happen again”.

Claims on behalf of those who have suffered abuse

Leigh Day has extensive experience in bringing claims for vulnerable people seeking compensation following physical or mental abuse.  We act for adults abused as children in children's homes or foster care placements - and also children currently in placements. We act for the learning disabled and the mentally ill who have suffered abuse at the hands of their carers or clinicians. The human rights department has also represented a number of learning disabled people who have received inadequate or substandard care from the NHS or social services.  Leigh Day & Co supported and is working with Mencap in its campaign to raise the standards of care offered to learning disabled adults who have communication problems.

If you would like to speak to someone about a possible claim for compensation on behalf of a family member who has been abused in care please contact Emma Jones on 020 7650 1200 for a free initial consultation.

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