A Painful Pathway
Steven had a bit of a shock last night at the Mencap Pool. There was a first timer there; a guy probably a few years younger than him with a carer.
Steven can be thoroughly ruthless with other learning disabled people – they almost become invisible to him. But he is very interested in the carers.
So he swam over to the new chap’s carer and did his usual; “Hello man. What’s your name man?”
The carer replied: “Oh come on Steven. You know my name. You know who I am”.
Steven got right up close to the chap’s face before delightedly exclaiming: “It’s John from M”.
It was one of the guys who used to work at the respite place Steven went to for about a year. The place that Steven has been too scared to go back to since he was released from his detention. It’s the place where he went for one night in 2009 before Whistler’s Mother dragged him off to the Positive Behaviour Unit.
When Steven was telling me about the encounter he became concerned for the young lad who was there with John. Let’s call him Alfie.
“Alfie will be going to M House for a long time. Alfie can’t go to his Mum and Dad’s house for a massive long time. Alfie will be sad”.
Steven has obviously got it into his head that anyone who goes to the respite place are automatically on a conveyor belt to the positive behaviour unit.
Who knows? He may be right. Since 2010, I’ve met several people locally for whom the care pathways in Hillingdon are absolutely terrifying.