Patient put into segregation after making a complaint

So our daughter is back in segregation. Not for being violent. But for what she said.

Dr John Jacques of the Dene, her responsible clinician, told her that because she had made complaints about staff and that she was ‘trying to get them to lose their job’ she had to be put into Long Term Segregation.

The MHA Code of Practice:
The clinical judgement in these cases is that, if the patient were allowed to mix freely in the general ward environment, other patients or staff would continuously be open to the potential of serious injury or harm.

Making a complaint about staff abusing her is not justification for segregation. Not according to the Code of Practice and not according to Partnerships in Care‘s own policy on segregation.

She told the staff member who had previously abused her to stop talking to her. She was annoyed at him but not aggressive.

The Dene are being investigated by West Sussex Adult Safeguarding and the Care Quality Commission for their abuses of solitary confinement and excessive face-down restraint.

The responsible clinician was unable to give a valid reason for our daughter’s segregation in a phone call with her mother. Instead of answering he pretended that she was being ‘hostile and intimidating’ to try to end the conversation.

This is a common diversionary tactic by some healthcare ‘professionals’. After nearly three years of dealing with their abuses we are now prepared for this tactic.

We recorded our side of the conversation.

It’s available here:


Please excuse her stuttering – she gets nervous about confrontation. It is little wonder that staff at the Dene misuse seclusion so often if their threshold for feeling intimidated is so low.

Does that sound like someone being ‘hostile and intimidating’? Or does it sound like a person quite rationally, albeit rather anxious and frustrated when confronting the person currently abusing her daughter, asking for information about their daughter and being given excuses?

Mind you, from experience most psychiatrists see any question or challenge to their opinions as a hostile affront to their power-driven egos.

It happens all the time in the Modern Asylum that is called the Dene – brought to you by Partnerships in Care.

Right now the staff won’t even allow us to call our daughter even though we have had assurance after assurance from management that we should be allowed phone contact.

The night staff make up their own rules. Much like in the original Stanford Prison Experiment

Take a look at the other abuses here:

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