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Minister of State questioned on detention of children with learning disabilities

02 April 2019

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.

Purpose of the session

At this session the Committee has the opportunity to put the evidence it has heard to the Minister Caroline Dinenage and question her about what the Government is doing to ensure that its revised target to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities and autism who are detained (including children and young people) is met.

The draft call for evidence for the inquiry seeks views on:

  • Whether the Government’s Transforming Care programme, which aims to significantly reduce the number of those detained inappropriately, has been successful; and, if not, why not.
  • If it has not been successful what needs to be done to ensure that the numbers detained are reduced more rapidly.
  • 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 better protect them

Witnesses

Wednesday 3 April 2019, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.15pm

  • Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Care, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Jonathan Marron, Director General, Community and Social Care, Department of Health and Social Care 

Further information

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