Tim and Sylvia are a couple who both have learning disabilities. They have just had a baby. Social services wanted to check how they were coping with the new baby. So the family were placed into a residential unit for a few weeks.

In the unit, there were CCTV cameras in all of their rooms, including in Tim and Sylvia’s bedroom, even though the baby slept in another room.

Tim and Sylvia talked to social services about their right to respect for private and family life and the impact the CCTV cameras were having on them. The said that having the cameras on, in their bedroom all the time was not the
least restrictive option.

After talking about this, social services agreed to turn the cameras off in their bedroom at night time.