The Circles of Protection service supports isolated, highly vulnerable people with learning disabilities who live outside their home borough.
Commissioned by London Borough of Islington, The Circle of Protection service developed by The Elfrida Society is a bespoke service that is time intensive and genuinely person-centred.
The exposure of Winterbourne View showed the potential for the abuse of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and mental health needs, who are isolated from communities. People placed in residential homes outside the borough with statutory responsibility are particularly vulnerable, as they often have complex needs and may be challenging to work with; they frequently have no family involvement, and are placed in rural areas, where no one regularly goes into the service, except the staff. We now recognise that the isolation of these services fostered the environment that enabled the abuse.
Read Sarah Reilly’s (then Circles Of Protection co-ordinator) article, which was published in Community Living Magazine in 2015.
Circles of Protection – Learning from a Pilot (PDF 35kb)