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Scandal, social policy and social welfare2nd, Rev. Ed$
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Ian Butler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347466

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347466.001.0001

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‘Carnage in the community’:

‘Carnage in the community’:

The Christopher Clunis Inquiry 1993

(p.141) seven ‘Carnage in the community’:
Scandal, social policy and social welfare

Ian Butler

Mark Drakeford

Policy Press

This chapter examines the demise of policy hegemony and the part played by scandal in reviving public concern about the release into the community of mentally ill people. It revisits the case of Isabel Schwartz, then a social worker employed by Bexley Council, who was stabbed to death at her office at Bexley Hospital in Kent by a former client, Sharon Campbell, on July 6, 1984, and that of Jonathan Zito, who was murdered by Christopher Clunis on December 17, 1992. The conclusions of the Sharon Campbell Inquiry in relation to race were largely mirrored in the case of Christopher Clunis. The claims made in the immediate aftermath of the Clunis Report appeared to place it as simply the latest in a long series of suggestions that the practice, rather than the policy, of community care was at fault. The chapter also discusses media claims making and the direct link between scandals and policy action.

Keywords:   Isabel Schwartz, Bexley Hospital, Sharon Campbell, mentally ill, Jonathan Zito, Christopher Clunis, race, community care, media, scandals

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