Vulnerable adults 'beaten and kicked'

Published Monday, 10 March 2014
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Details have emerged of the physical abuse suffered by vulnerable adults at a Western Trust residential home in Londonderry.

Vulnerable adults 'beaten and kicked'
The PSNI has received the Western Trust's investigation report. (© UTV)

The Trust recently apologised to the families of some of the residents after an inquiry confirmed claims of abuse.

A confidential report said that some residents were beaten and kicked at Ralph's Close, a residential home close to Gransha Hospital in Derry.

Sixteen adults residents - male and female - with a range of disabilities live there in four buildings.

After an anonymous whistle-blower made allegations of abuse, separate investigations were launched by the Western Trust, the health care regulator RQIA and the police.

Not all residents of Ralph's Close were affected, but last month the Western Trust said it had apologised to the families of 11 residents.

The Trust's investigation found that residents - some of whom have severe learning difficulties -suffered physical and psychological abuse.

Twenty-two allegations of abuse were substantiated.

The Trust's report details physical abuse that included a vulnerable patient being kicked, another being severely beaten and a neglected patient who ate cigarette butts.

Thirty-five staff were based at Ralph's Close - 11 remain suspended.

The PSNI has confirmed that it has received the investigation report from the Western Trust.

A statement said: "A report has been received from the Western Health and Social Care Trust and this is being looked at by Police."

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Concerned in Ulster wrote (169 days ago):
Makes you wonder how these vile people would feel if the same thing were to happen to their loved ones should they be in care.God forbid.. Name and shame them.
angry in belfast wrote (170 days ago):
I feel sick after reading this, how could someone be so evil and want to hurt these inocent people who cant defend themselves. Lock these scum away, i really dont know what this world is coming to. I hope all these affected by this are ok. So sad
mary in belfast wrote (171 days ago):
DEPLORABLE!! To entrust a loved one into the hands of these monsters only to be treated like animals is stomach churning. Hats off to the whistle-blower for your brave actions. As a parent of a vulnerable young person i am saddened and fearful for his future.
Colin in South Down wrote (171 days ago):
Human life is to be protected always. This extends particularly to the most vulnerable life, whether that life is in a state sponsored nursing home, a her majesty's prison system, a church run home for children or in the comfort of the womb.
Sad in Belfast wrote (171 days ago):
Awful to hear - so glad someone took the brave strp of sharing what was going on.
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