Staff stay despite assault

    Two members of staff who assaulted a woman with severe learning
    difficulties at a Southwark Council-run residential home remain in
    the council’s employment, it emerged this week.

    Emily Harvey (not her real name) is blind, has partial hearing,
    virtually no speech and severe learning difficulties. Her father
    complained to the local government ombudsman about her care at
    Bridge House.

    In a report on the case, ombudsman Edward Osmotherly said: “She
    sustained many injuries (including a fractured skull), and I am not
    satisfied that her medication was properly administered.”

    He noted that most of her injuries were the result of Harvey
    harming herself or having accidents, but said that she also
    sustained injuries that could not be adequately explained. Staff at
    The Starlings, where Harvey has since been moved, report that there
    have been few incidents of challenging behaviour and incidents of
    self-injury have been rare. Southwark Council’s social services
    director Chris Bull said: “We acknowledge that the level of care
    fell short of acceptable standards.”

    Both members of staff were initially suspended; one was also
    demoted and moved to another residential home. They have both since
    been reinstated following a review hearing. Bull refused to comment
    on whether they were still working with vulnerable clients.

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