Assessment and Treatment Units – 7 days of action
How you can get involved in 7 days of action against Assessment and Treatment Units
There are currently 3000 people with learning disabilities in the UK who are ‘living’ in Assessment and Treatment Units away from their families. After the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011 the government pledged to close them all by 2014. So why are there still 3000 people living in these institutions away from their families?
Can you imagine living a day in a place they call a ‘unit’? Below you can link to the story of Eden Evans who’s lived in one of these ‘units’ for 7 years.
* Scroll down to search the Google map of ATU locations and offers of free accommodation for visiting families.
Drop us a line if you can help, or know of an ATU not on the map.*
7 days of action
Get involved first by reading this blog The ATUs Scandal. It suggests 12 ways that you can get involved, and the 7 days starts on 18th April 2016.
Also please join the Facebook group too.
- Share the stories.
(On social media, verbally, send the links to people you know).
Here’s a moving interview with Debbie Evans talking about her son Eden.
- Sign the petitions.
- Contact your local press and media.
- Lobby your MPs.
- Write to your local commissioners.
- Discuss how to stop family members being sent to ATUs.
- Learn your Mental Health Act & Mental Capacity Act to stop this happening to your family members.
- Support the families’ legal action
- Can you offer lifts to families who have hundreds of miles to travel to visit their loved ones?
- Can you offer overnight accommodation if you live near to any of the ATUs?
The locations of these units are kept private but we do know of the trusts and organisations who operate them as this is publicly available information.
We’ve therefore created this Google Map to show the rough locations. If you know of the town please feel free to update the map (I don’t want us to divulge peoples’ actual addresses though as these are still someone’s home and they have a right to privacy).
Use this link to update the map
Red pins = locations of trusts and organisations
Blue pins = offers of help with accommodation
- Lend your experience and ideas to the families.
- Never forget. We are talking human lives.
So please get involved now in whatever way you can to help end this misery, and highlight this national scandal and give a voice to the voiceless.
Read more about the work we’re doing to campaign for change in regular care settings too. It’s not hard to turn a supported living one bedroom flat in to an institution too. Just impose a load of inflexible rules and systems. That has to change too.
Elaine James has put together this great Storify to bring together all the online action from the 7 Days of Action campaign.