Vulnerable adults 'beaten and kicked'

Vulnerable adults 'beaten and kicked'

Details have emerged of the physical abuse suffered by vulnerable adults at a Western Trust residential home in Londonderry.

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."CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)


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