After another dire week on Planet Social Care, some fantastic news to end the week.
Chris, who became known as “the boy in the blue room” after the residential school he was living in repeatedly kept him in a padded room, is finally returning home on Monday 29th February. Chris has spent the last ten years of his life in various residential schools, in patient services and ATUs. His mother, Lynne and brother, Luke have campaigned like real Ninjas for Chris to be at home and their 10 year horror is finally at an end. Chris will be moving into his own home, which is just a few minutes walk from his mother’s house.
I remember Chris’s case coming to the Court of Protection back in 2011, a few months after our case had been heard there. It seemed that a few short months in 2011, Deprivation of Liberty cases were never out of the news. This was also the early days of Cheshire West, the infamous Kensington & Chelsea vs McDonald case, and the wonderful case of Peggy Evans who had been stopped by her LA from going on her annual cruise. I’ve also heard Justice Ryder, the judge in Chris’s case, speak and the case is quite rightly called a landmark case. Although Justice Ryder did rule that Chris was being deprived of his liberty at Beech Trees, an establishment run by Scope, the story didn’t have a happy ending at that point. Chris was moved to Calderstones and it turned out to be out of the frying pan into the fires of ATU hell.
It is heartbreaking now to watch the TV clip of Lynne in 2011 and to hear the hope in her voice after the Scope hell was over.
Then watch the interview Lynne gave to Channel Four last year and hear how, what had been hoped to be a sanctuary at Calderstones had turned into something even worse (albeit, no blue rooms). Rage and weep as you hear Lynne talk about the assaults that Chris had to endure
10 years is a terrible long time in a 25 year old young man’s life. Thankfully, Chris has a loving family and will get the support he deserves to start living his life again.
Welcome back Chris.
Here is the 2011 Court of protection judgement, addressing Chris’s deprivation of liberty – http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/1539.html&query=deprivation+and+of+and+liberty&method=boolean