The Writers

One of the awesome aspects of Seven Days of Action has been how people have just stepped up to the plate and contributed. None more so than the writers.

Here is a collection of the pieces written about, or inspired by Seven Days of Action.

Special mention should go to two guys who wrote a daily post for the campaign.

First, is Chris Hatton, our stats genius, who produced 7 pieces analysing the data around ATUs:

Secondly, is Ian Penfold, who wrote a series of blogs about the components that need to be in place for a successful transition back home:

Katherine Runswick Cole wrote a piece reflecting on the possibility of her own child ending up in an ATU:

Mark Brown threw the gauntlet down and asked us to think about the next steps. How do we keep the pressure on after 7 Days of Action:

Nina Ni, whose son Tianze was featured on Day Four, wrote a beautiful poem after watching Tianze being prone restrained:

Paul Richards came up with the cracking idea of matching families travelling to visit their loved ones in ATUs with local families prepared to offer a room for the night:

Assessment and Treatment Units – 7 days of action

Zoe Thompson wrote a brilliant piece on how everyone can hold local commissioners to account:

Two dudes who have been in ATUs, also contributed. Peter Hagan presented two of his raps, one in dedication of Thomas Rawnsley:

And Steven Neary dedicated his radio show this week to songs about home. he would never have been able to do this in the ATU being denied access to both his CD player and a computer:

Matthew Smith, wrote about the perilous nature of “behaviour management” with or without external advocacy:

Seven Days of Action: a lucky escape

The Fragile X Society devoted a day on their blog to the campaign:!3000-people-with-learning-disabilities-are-trapped-in-Assessment-and-Treatment-Units-in-the-UK/c1bj/571646830cf28f7f9b98c0cc

Damian Milton examined some 7 sociological factors at play in the world of ATUs:

Jan Walmsley looked at the part 7 Days of Action has played in the history of learning disabled campaigning:

Sam Sly on the importance of planning when someone is being discharged from an ATU:


Please keep writing. It would be great to add more to this collection.


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