- Steven will not be allowed to return home to either parent.
- The council will start looking at long term secure residential placements for Steven
- Mr Neary senior must not be informed of this.
- The Unit manager to consider implementing the deprivation of liberty safeguards for Steven.
One of the Unit's staff told me once that one method they use to change thinking or behaviour is "subliminal messaging". Steven's language is very direct (frighteningly so at times), so it struck me as interesting that the professionals would use a covert, some might say, manipulative approach to deal with this.
It started straightaway after 16th April.
Steven always refer ed to his home as either "home" or "the Uxbridge house". On the care plan for the fake transition home plan, it had always refer ed to Monday afternoons as: "Steven's visit home". That all changed and home suddenly became "Dad's house". (and later, when they were trying to destabilise our relationship - "Mark Neary's house"). I would never buy into this and insisted the support workers still used the word "home".
A couple of weeks after 16th April, Steven had his first mental capacity assessment to determine if he had the capacity to decide where he should live. In the assessment, Steven was asked lots of comparative questions - "which is better - M House or Dad's house?". Bearing in mind that the MCA code of practice says that people should be supported through this process and be given every opportunity to demonstrate their capacity, the Unit had a cunning plan. To aid their questions, they had a photo of the Unit, a photo of the respite house and........ a clip art picture of an anonymous house which they called "Dad's house". We've got tons of photos of Steven at home, inside and out - they only needed to ask.
I found it very scary that, in order to carry out their plan, they had to change all of Steven's thinking as to what a "home" is and turn it into an abstract concept. Of course, it also gave him the subliminal message - "Steven - you don't have a home".