A recent Panorama programme revealed shocking incidents of abuse of disabled people at Winterbourne View care home in Bristol. In doing so it highlighted serious shortcomings in the inspection and regulation of residential care homes. We must all hope this leads to real improvements, and its clearly timely that there is research underway to shed light on the prevalence of abuse in care homes. Sam Clemens reports on some research NatCen has already done around this complex issue, and what still needs to be done.    

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Tags: abuse, ageing, health and lifestyle, institutional care