The incidents highlighted by the report centred on Mendip House, part of Somerset Court. People with autism living in a care home in Somerset were taunted, bullied and humiliated by staff, a review has found. 

Workers at the home run by the National Autistic Society threw objects at residents and teased and swore at them, the report from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) says.

A whistleblower claimed one resident of Mendip House was slapped, forced to eat chillies and repeatedly thrown into a swimming pool.

The review calls for nationwide changes to the way care placements are managed. None of the residents were local and the report highlights weaknesses in the system by which authorities who place people outside their area monitor the care they receive.

Mendip House has been closed down and the residents, some of whom had lived there for many years, have been found new placements. Staff were disciplined and police investigated, but no criminal proceedings have been launched.

Article originally published by The Guardian: 8th February 2018

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