Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) indicates that the human rights of young people with a learning disabilities and / or autism are being breached in mental health hospitals. Proposals for radical reform are advocated.
“Too often families of those with learning disabilities and/or autism are considered to be the problem when they ought to be the solution”.
Joint Committee on Human Rights. (2019). The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report, ordered by the House of Commons / House of Lords to be printed 23 October 2019. London: The Stationery Office Limited (House of Commons / House of Lords / Joint Committee on Human Rights), November 1st 2019. HC 121 / HL Paper 10.
Related comment, from BBC News:
Burns, J. (2019). ‘My autistic daughter was held in a cell for two years’. London: BBC Education News / BBC Health News, November 1st 2019.
Further Resources on the Conditions of Young People With Learning Disabilities
Allcock, A. (2018). Mental health of young people with learning disabilities in transition. Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services. December 2018. (This is an ESSS Outline).
A case study:
Improving the transitions of care for users of Learning Disability Services. Picker Institute Europe / Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, July 2018.
Mental health aspects of LD care transitions:
Guidelines on caring for people with a learning disability in general hospital settings. Revised June 2018. Belfast: Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN) June 2018.
‘Don’t hold back’: transitions to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. Swansea: British Association for Supported Employment / Children’s Commissioner for Wales, July 2018.