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No Place Like Home - The Inside Story of Supported Living

Homes with support rather than care homes or hospitals is where learning disabled adults are looked after, but are they always safe and secure? Claire Bolderson investigates.

Transforming Care is the NHS policy which should be moving learning disabled people out of hospital units and into their own supported homes.

But File on 4 asks if the growth in the supported living sector is really providing the happy, safe and secure homes it was meant to.

While the NHS has struggled to get its money into the hands of the councils who provide supported living, councils have gone their own way; commissioning services from care companies and homes from private landlords to give learning disabled adults their own front doors and their own independence.

But with little in the way of inspection and councils under budgetary constraints, File on 4 asks if the push to build supported living risks repeating the mistakes of the past, with some of the country's most vulnerable people housed in institutions far from public scrutiny.

Reporter: Claire Bolderson
Producer: Rob Cave
Editor: Gail Champion

(Photo Credit: MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images)

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