The unholy trinity of restraint, seclusion and forced treatment in the psychiatric system can lead to collusion by agencies who should be protecting the rights of vulnerable people. In an attempt to keep control on the slippery slope of patriarchal power. Where patients are treated like children and real family are sidelined, surplus to requirements.
Investigations into adult protection can be like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted. Too late too little. Diversionary tactics of blaming others. Non system others. Keeping up the appearances. That force is justified if a person is mentally ill. Does that mean they deserve it?
Families left to pick up the pieces. Put their reputations back together again. Shake off the disappointment but retain a modicum of distrust. Learning from the experience that not everything does what it says on the tin. Older and wiser and stronger. Ready for the next round.
More about this in future blogs.