Oliver McGown

Oliver McGowan’s Campaign Gains Support The Oliver McGowan Campaign was founded by Paula McGowan following the death of her son Oliver. Oliver McGowan died after being given anti-psychotic medication despite medical staff being told repeatedly by both Oliver and his parents that he had reacted badly to it in the past. The drug caused his […]

Learning Disability and Autistic Patients Failed by the System

Learning disability and autistic patients are being failed by a system that does not provide proper care and support. Without proper care and support these young people will not be able to cope, the system’s answer to this is to lock them up, in some cases miles from their families and community. Millons of pounds […]

Care Act analysis: what must be considered when setting personal budgets

Do not get stung, Belinda Schwehr examines a recent case in which the ombudsman criticised a council for arbitrarily capping a woman’s live-in care payments. A recent case involving a woman, Mrs Y, who had an arbitrary limit placed on her live-in care, provides a wonderful example of what the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman can […]

Children with learning disabilities endure ‘terrible suffering’ in mental health hospitals, report finds

Children with learning disabilities endure ‘terrible suffering’ in mental health hospitals, report finds. Mother tells how her son’s arm was “snapped” by hospital staff when he was restrained. Children with learning disabilities and autism are enduring “terrible suffering” in mental health hospitals, where their human rights being widely breached, a damning new report has found, […]

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired.