Detention of children and adults with learning disabilities/autism examined

03 June 2019

The Joint Committee on Human Rights questions Norman Lamb MP and Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP on the detention of children and adults with learning disabilities/autism.

Purpose of the session

The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the inappropriate placement of children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health hospitals, and the threat that such placements pose to their human rights. The inquiry seeks views on:

  • Whether the human rights of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are detained in mental health hospitals are being breached.
  • If so, how are they breached and what needs to be done to protect people from such breaches.
  • Whether the Government’s Transforming Care programme, which aims to significantly reduce the number of people detained inappropriately, has been successful; and, if not, why not.
  • What needs to be done to ensure that people with autism and learning difficulties are not detained inappropriately.


Wednesday 5 June, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster.

At 3pm:

  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
  • Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, former Minister for Care and Support

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