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Government To Pay Support Costs To Winterbourne View Victims

April 9, 2013

I’m pleased to read this, though I realise some people may not be.


A £25,000 contract to support victims from the Winterbourne private hospital will be paid from public funds.

The Department of Health has awarded the contract to the charity Respond to provide family support groups and psychotherapy.

Respond said it would offer the assessments to people who had suffered abuse-related trauma.

Castlebeck, which ran the home near Bristol, went into administration in March.

It followed an investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme, broadcast in May 2011, into physical abuse and neglect at the home.

Last year, 11 care workers admitted a total of 38 charges after they were secretly filmed abusing patients at the home, which looked after people with severe learning difficulties.

Six were jailed, the remainder received suspended sentences.

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