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Detention of children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism: Send us your views

10 January 2019

As a result of evidence arising from its inquiry into youth detention: solitary confinement and restraint, the Committee has taken evidence on the inappropriate detention of children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health hospitals and the threat that such placements pose to their human rights.

On 12 December 2018 the Committee heard important evidence from people with learning disabilities who have firsthand experiences of mental health hospitals.

They also heard from families whose children are or who have been in such settings and whose human rights are at risk.

On 9 January 2019 the Committee took evidence from the NHS and the care quality commission.

The Committee wishes to ensure that others have an opportunity to submit written evidence.

Send us your views

The questions of interest are:

  • 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 children and young 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?

Submissions should be no more than 1,500 words and received by Friday 8 February.

Please use the written submission form.

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