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Sunday, January 14, 2007
  Staffordshire Care Home problems again
The link is to a story from Staffordshire (today) about a Children's Home where the children were threatening each other. The home may have been closed down, but we really do have to ask if this is a good level of care.

The boy, then aged 17, dubbed Ed Adair to protect his identity, lived at Hill House, also a false name. It was home to seven boys until it shut in 2005 as part of a series of council closures.

Mr White says: "Ed Adair's experience was the stuff of nightmares, not knowing whether someone would assault him, abuse him, take his possessions, or break into his room while he was asleep.

"For four months he lived with this anxiety and little was done to help him. The failures in dealing with his complaints and the delay meeting with him meant that the situation persisted for longer than it should have.

"It confirmed Ed Adair's belief that no-one really listened and that nothing would change."


This may relate to 2004, but there is always a delay in finding out the truth about situations. This particular boy was taken into care at the age of 3. It would be interesting to know whether or not that was necessary.


Mr Adair, now 19, who had been in care since he was three and has learning difficulties, will also receive an apology from the council.
 
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