Bethany is back in the cell

Bethany is back in the cell

Four days ago (27th October) Jeremy, Beth’s Dad, reported that she was back in seclusion – not the cell, in a two-room arrangement, but (crucially) with no hatch.  So, no way of talking to anyone other than shouting through a door.  So no way of hearing phone calls.  Screenshot 2018-10-31 at 17.05.50

It seems that passing her food involved some sort of distraction procedure you might expect to see in a zoo.

It transpired that despite making arrangements to move her from the cell, her care plan had not been updated: Screenshot 2018-10-31 at 17.01.17

And despite agreements by all that, communicating changes to Beth, should be very carefully managed… It wasn’t.  So, all in all, it appears that the change happened without the planning and communication required to make it a success.

Three days after Beth’s meltdown, and after three days of communicating through a door, Beth was back in the cell.  It seems her family were informed by Beth…

Screenshot 2018-10-31 at 17.16.01

So I guess she had no window, no dog, no guinea pigs but at least she had the hatch.  And she walked there calmly and voluntarily.  Her dad explains more:

“So Beth is back in the Seclusion Cell.  Locked away again.  She has spent the last couple of days locked up in extra care unable to communicate with us on the phone.  Have you ever tried talking to someone on a mobile phone on the other side of a 4” solid door?

Contact took place this weekend with shouted sentences back and forth, blocked by the locked door.

Beth has been distressed hearing that she hurt 2 people.  When she meltdowns like she did it is an unconscious act.  She is unable to control herself not remember afterwards what she did.  This always greatly distresses her.  

St Andrew’s reaction was to ask to ask Beth if she, therefore, would feel safer and also be happier back in the seclusion cell where she could once again talk to her mum and dad.  Of course, Beth said she would prefer that.  So once more they locked her away.  

If they had instead offered her a rabbit to cuddle, help to manage her emotions, the 3 trained staff to help her and a way of phoning home, I know as well as everyone else what she would have chosen.
It sickens me that such manipulative behaviour has been engineered and carried out by those responsible for her care.  
In the few days she spent safely in extra care with proper help, activities and contact with animals she loves I saw a daughter I hadn’t seen for many, many months.

Put yourself in Beth’s place, how can this be right?”

Jeremy has described more about this on a chat show that can be accessed here:

Jeremy has written a moving open letter to Beth’s carers that can be accessed here.

So, for now, Beth is back in her small windowless room, with 2 pieces of plastic covered foam (one bed shaped and one chair shaped) and the hatch.  She is 17.  She has been there for nearly 2 years.  Because she is anxious.  Our NHS is paying £13k per week for this ‘care’.

 

You can help.  

Beth likes jokes and would love to receive cards.  Keep them cheerful!  Send them to Jeremy, Beth’s Dad, 31 Oaklands Avenue, Harborne. Birmingham, B17 9TU.

 

This blog was written with prior agreement with Jeremy.

 

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12 thoughts on “Bethany is back in the cell

  1. Ignorance and heartbreaking and so very inhumane, this is purely a lack of knowledge and understanding of her needs, locking her away isnt the answer because of professional failure.

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  2. So 13k a week adds up to no incentive whatsoever to help her return to her family. I am disgusted and heartbroken for this poor child and her family. As a parent of two aspie children it scares the heck out of me because it could be any one of us.

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  3. please go and get her, I have always said if this happens to my son I would rather he sat on my sofa at home sedated to the eye balls until he settled/regulated was supported by family to be able to cope. We came close but luckily the few meds he was given have had a huge positive effect and he is chatty/happy and our son again. PLEASE GO AND GET HER —

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  4. The solution is to get Beth settled in a caring environment and put all those responsible for her current situation in the cell she now is incarcerated in, that would be justice seen to be done and very sensible solution.

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  5. Reblogged this on finolamoss and commented:
    Despite all the publicity and countless deaths and Stephenie Bincliffe and Thomas Rawnsley and huge media coverage of Bethany’s treatment. The treatment gets worse because it is worth 13,000 a week to the private company giving it. Whilst they own ATUs and Community Living and huge NHS money is paid for both, nothing will change , despite exposure and this is beyond shameful and illegal. This is not treatment under MHA and is making the patient Bethany much much worse and inhuman and costing us the public a fortune to make private profit.

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