Headlined today and less than two months ago on the 2nd October 2018
When the numbers are too small to worry you, BBC Scotland has language skills to thrill. This morning we heard:
‘Too many adults and children with learning difficulties are being forced to live hundreds of miles from family. A sizeable number is either placed in accommodation outside their local area or stuck in hospital!’
(Did the researcher write these words?)
There is a report but we’re not getting any numbers this time. I say this time because this looks like a second run of a very similar story from the 2nd October, less than two months ago. That one did have numbers but they were on analysis too wee to really shock. See this TuS report:
At 06:29 am (2.10.18), headlined and repeated throughout the morning, we heard:
‘There are still 79 [Scottish] people with special needs and autism in care in England and Wales.’
I don’t mean to diminish the suffering involved for these 79. I just want to understand how big a problem this is at a national level. Comparable figures for England & Wales don’t seem to be available. Is that because BBC Salford and BBC Wales don’t have an awesome ‘disclosure team’ burrowing away under the foundations of trust in government? Makes you feel your licence fee is worth it. Using your own money to make you feel anxious in the morning. Also, the longer website piece is geography-free, so we can’t see how many are, for example, placed just across the border in a neighbouring region.
However, I did find this from 2011, on the BBC website:
‘Children in care far from home ‘at risk’, charities warn. Charities are warning that thousands of children placed in care far from home are more vulnerable to criminality, drug abuse and sexual exploitation. A third of the 64,000 children in local authority care in England and Wales live outside their local area. The charities say long-distance placements often traumatise children who are already damaged and vulnerable.’
So that’s around 21 000 children in care placed away from home. Is 79 evidence of a crisis in Scotland?
Come on, BBC Scotland, surely these people are also at risk of criminality and drug abuse too?
Why does the early morning repeat dose matter? See: