Winterbourne View: The victims of abuse at care home
DURING the sentencing of carers at Winterbourne View last week, Bristol Crown Court heard details of their victims, and how the abuse they suffered has affected them since they left Winterbourne View.
Simone Blake, 20, suffered with a moderate learning disability and a genetic condition velocardiofacial syndrome.
Since leaving Winterbourne View it has become apparent Simone has learned from her experiences so her aggressive behaviour towards others is more adult like.
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Her treatment has also seriously affected her parents, whose feelings of unbearable guilt at failing to protect her have been exacerbated by fears for her future and unwillingness to trust her carers, causing depression and other illness.
Simon Tovey, 38, suffered global development delay and had had a moderate learning disability and a lifelong history of challenging behaviours.
In his early 30s Simon was assessed as having the communication, living and motor skills of a child aged three.
Following the abuse exposure Simon was returned to his former placement in Wiltshire on an emergency basis. There, he appeared to his former carers as being obsessional about "being safe" and concerned that people may get into his bedroom at night.
He appears to be angry all the time – much worse than before he went to Winterbourne View.
Louise Bissett, 31, has a learning disability first diagnosed when she was four-and-a-half.
Her social and emotional skills were significantly immature and she was noticed to have unsophisticated ways of meeting needs including sulking, banging doors, running off, and sitting down on the pavement or road and refusing to move.
The offences against Louise caused considerable emotional and psychological injury. Since her release she has engaged in self-harm, by banging her head, and physical aggression to others far greater than before she was at Winterbourne View.
Louisa Deville, 36, has a mild learning disability and an emotionally unstable personality disorder.
During her childhood, Louisa presented with challenging behaviours which included physical aggression and absconding.
The ill-treatment Louisa received at Winterbourne View had a severe impact on her and she constantly expresses fear and concern for her safety in talking about the hospital.
Lorraine Guildford, 48, suffers severely from epilepsy.
On entering Winterbourne View in 2008, Lorraine was a very vulnerable woman with complex needs.
She relied entirely on her carers to keep her safe and ensure that her treatment needs were met.