3 missions and soon a national strategy

The government is launching three management missions charged with developing ways to better identify, quantify and prevent abuse of vulnerable people in both homes and institutions. A national strategy?

On 16 September 2022, the government will launch three administrative missions charged with developing ways to better identify, quantify and, above all, prevent abuse of older, disabled, children or vulnerable people. announced.

make an inventory

These studies must be referred to the Inspector General for Social Affairs (Igas), the High Council for Public Health, and the National Health Council. “shed light on known but poorly documented situations”, the Ministry of Solidarity said in a press release. The purpose of this work is to optimize information systems so that they can provide warning signals and catalog research on these issues.Identify risk factors and develop effective prevention strategies.”, explained by the entourage of Minister Jean-Christophe Combes. One of the challenges is to ensure that public institutions and society as a whole are able to address this phenomenon over time, not just temporarily in response to this or that scandal.

Towards a national strategy?

The mandate entrusted to the three executive agencies is part of a broader approach leading to a “national strategy” to combat abuse led by Mr Combe. We seek to address all aspects of this phenomenon: in institutions or at home, for the elderly, disabled or children, and even for people in socially vulnerable situations.”equally noteworthy“, it is underlined in the Minister’s entourage. The latter asks for an interim report and undertakes to closely follow the progress of these studies.”It sheds light on known but poorly documented situations. ” In early 2019, then-Health Minister Agnès Buzan and Secretary of State for Disability Sophie Cruzel had already promised a national action plan to combat abuse, but it never saw the light of day. Things took a turn for the worse in August 2022 with the appointment of Alice Casagrande, chairman of the Commission to Combat Abuse and Promoting Decent Treatment, to the post of full-time Ministerial Advisor in the Combe Cabinet. Could it change?

Increased Alerts in Nursing Homes

The 3977 Coalition, which manages phone numbers dedicated to abuse, sounded the alarm on September 14 about the situation in nursing homes. Open more than 5,000 files in the first half of 2022 “Possibility of Abuse“Among adults, a 24% increase compared to the first half of 2021. And this increase.”to hold exclusively To the case identified in the nursing home, she said. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, the increase in alerts compared to the same period in 2021 can be explained by her Orpea scandal, which brought media attention to nursing homes, but the trend will continue in the second quarter. But it continued.surprise“, wrote the federation in a press release. Ultimately, an increase in reported cases”Similar to alert decisions, they can also be explained by a description of the actual situation. ”according to the telephone line administrator.

A few days ago, on September 9, the United Nations Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities returned to the fight against institutionalization around the world. A 20-page directive to condemn this discriminatory system,abuse“.


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