Transcript of video about Mark Shannon

Morning, it’s early, and dimpsy outside so I’ve scoured my house for a well lit corner and I’m talking to you from my kitchen. I have just hit publish on a blog post that I wrote yesterday, on what was the 9th anniversary of the death of Mark Shannon. Last week I got to speak […]

He came to make the world a better place – Andrew Marber

Towards the end of last year I’d been working with a team from the BBC who were making a film about my Open Justice work. You can watch the end result here if you’re interested. One of the team connected me with Angela Marber. I’ve only known Angela for about 8 months, we’ve not yet […]

Transforming LEDER

Earlier this week I received an email from someone who’s job title is ‘National Transformation Lead for LeDeR’. This was a bit of a surprise, imagine a programme that’s only 6yrs old requiring a ‘national transformation lead’. It’s such an NHS response to things. Invent a programme, poorly resource it, put in poor leadership at […]

You may choose to look the other way…

It’s my birthday today (thank you for the tweets and messages) and last night I heard a rumour that St Andrew’s Healthcare were going to get a roasting from CQC about their services in a report published today. For those not in the know St Andrews, or St Arseholes as Mark Neary coined them perhaps […]

Surviving Huronia

In my last post I mentioned that from 1876 to 2009 thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities/learning disabled people lived in the Huronia Regional Centre institution at Orillia. I also stated that the abuse and neglect they were subjected to was utterly dehumanising, life altering and in some cases life ending. In 2008 Marilyn […]

Canada: Week One

I’ve chosen not to write blog posts daily on my Canadian leg of this trip, instead I’ll do a post every few days. I flew into Toronto a week ago on a fairly turbulent flight due to wind and jet streams. I was productive on the flight, met a few deadlines and was excited to […]

When is a world first not a world first?

When its Tory propaganda of course. On Tuesday I was watching Parliament health and social care questions and was interested to see my local MP, Kevin Foster, ask some fairly anodyne question about social media and children’s mental health. I didn’t really think much of it, other than I was pleased to see he was […]

Record of Inquest – Danny Tozer

Danny’s parents have shared the final record of inquest from @TozerInquest with me and requested that I share it. It’s here (or click on the image below, both will open the full record document in a new window), complete with spelling error of where Danny was born. The document records Danny’s cause of death as: 1a) […]

Family statement at the conclusion of the inquest into Danny Tozer

Danny was a much loved son, brother and uncle. He was a fit and healthy young man, diagnosed with autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities. Danny was a people person who enjoyed travel, playing his piano, being active and drinking tea. In 2013 Danny moved to be nearer us and we were hopeful that he could […]

So long Sydney

This will be my final blog post from Antipodean soil. I had a few days in Sydney before flying home and managed to cram in some social and some craftivism, as well as in person meetings at Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Clinical Excellence Commission and two phone meetings, one with a bereaved family member […]