A campaign for the right to a home for people with a learning disability and autistic people

Led by self advocates, campaigners and organisations.

Ten Years After Winterbourne View

At 9 pm on Tuesday the 31st of May 2011, BBC Panorama broadcast its shocking documentary Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed.

The abuse that it exposed would go on to be known as the Winterbourne View Scandal.

It is tens years since Winterbourne View and despite the promises of politicians and not enough has changed.

Day One - Broken Promises

On Monday the 24th of May #Right2Home campaigners will be sharing the story of Winterbourne View on social media

Day Two - No More Reports

#wearehumantoo will be sharing a video and photos throughout the day on social media. Share a photo of yourself with a report about Winterbourne and the hashtag #nomorereports And Irwin Mitchell solicitors will be holding a webinar at 5.30pm.

Day Three - It’s about Human Rights

The British Institute of Human Rights is running 3 sessions to help people learn more about human rights:

Day Four - It's about good support

#Right2Home will be sharing examples of good support throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

Day Five - Self Advocacy is the answer

Self advocates will be sharing videos of themselves talking about why self advocacy is important and what it means to them. We will add links as they are published.

May 31st Rightfullives Vigil

Join #RightfulLives in a candlelight vigil on the 10th anniversary of Winterbourne View

Our May 2020 Campaign Days

The 22nd of May 2020 marked the first anniversary since we had seen horrific scenes of abuse in Whorlton Hall, broadcast by BBC’s Panorama. Yet still today, over 2,000 adults and children with learning disabilities and autistic people are locked up in secure mental health units. Lockdown is making their situation even worse. We know this really matters to you, so we hope you can help us!

Day One - We must remember

In the middle of everything that is going on it's easy to forget what happened at Whorlton Hall.

Day Two - It's about human rights

Because people have the same rights as everyone else, but they are denied them. That is not right in our society

Day Three - It’s about homes

People shouldn't live in hospitals, what people need are homes.

Day Four - It's about what people want.

Changing the system so that people can have ordinary lives and contribute to their communities

Day Five - What can we do?

Don’t forget those people still locked away, don’t forget their families.

Responses to the Right2Home Campaign

We will post responses to the campaign on this page.

Get your MP to support our campaign.

Please email your MP to ask them to pledge to work on behalf of their autistic and learning-disabled constituents so that they can have a right to home and live safe, happy lives. You can cut and place the template below and attach the pledge to your email.

If you do not know who your MP is, you can check here https://www.writetothem.com/


I am writing as your constituent, to you to draw your attention to a campaign led by a coalition of self-advocates, organisations and parent campaigners to ask for your support.

Two years have passed since the BBC documentary about Whorlton Hall and ten years since the scandal at Winterbourne View, but horrifyingly there are still 2,000+ people with learning disabilities and autistic people stuck in inpatient units. Yet more inadequate care and human rights abuses in these institutions continue to be exposed in the media. Now there is the added anxiety of the risk of COVID-19.

The #Right2Home campaign is calling for more to be done to move people out of mental health hospitals and into the right support in the community. I fully support this campaign because people with learning disability and autistic people should live in homes not institutions - safe, happy and well cared for - just like anybody else.


It would be very powerful if you could show your support in whatever way you can and by sharing what you are doing.

You can follow #right2home online:

Twitter @right2homeUK

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,