Many of you will be aware of last week’s harrowing Panorama programme which came after days of news around abusive practice and attitudes to people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

It made for very uncomfortable viewing and I personally feel shocked, sad, and incredibly angry about what I saw. I’m aware that it has left many of my colleagues, the people we support and their families and friends feeling vulnerable and frightened.

It’s vital that we support one another as we come to terms with yet another harrowing case of physical and psychological abuse. And that’s why I want to offer reassurance that the behaviour of the support workers on the programme was not representative of the rest of the social care workforce, and certainly doesn't represent what we all do here at SeeAbility.

Social care has the potential to change lives and good community support has been proven to reduce the risk of admission into NHS funded assessment and treatment units.

That’s why we want to see people with learning disabilities, autism and their families given the power and influence for systems to be accountable. We welcome families in everything that we do, so please let us know your thoughts and any ideas which could  help influence and shape the sector - and we will do our best to make sure your voice is heard.

In the meantime I’d like to reassure you that we have an open and transparent culture here and since the programme, everyone who works for SeeAbility has been reminded that if they have any concerns at all, they can talk to their manager, call our independent whistle blowing line Safecall or call our Employee Assistance Programme.

Lisa Hopkins

SeeAbility CEO