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Posted by Philip on 6 May 2013, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

Lack of outrage...but they're only disabled and vulnerable

It's hard to understand that the allegations against Parklands, a residential facility in Pukekawa, south of Auckland, run by Linnaire and Neil Joslin for over a decade, have attracted such little public outrage.

The Joslins have probably received hundreds of millions of public money to allegedly abuse hundreds of disabled young people and adults.

Child Youth and Family have been referring youth-at-risk to the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services funded facility. The facility has been a dumping ground for disabled people too. 

I know that the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services team currently has not one team member with a lived-experience of disability. I expect, if my networks serve me well, that Child Youth and Family has a similar lack of empathy.

Parklands, I believe, is an ugly tip of an uglier iceberg.

Last week I went into a meeting saying, "This is a process, not a crisis." With this, I think it's the opposite: it's a crisis, not a process.

But they're only disabled and vulnerable, so who cares? I do.

I care about the victims, without wanting to blame the alleged perpetrators. Hurt people hurt people.

I want to get to the end of this. Like this if you do too.