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Department of Health review finds integration by children who have learning disabilities and/or autism into the wider community have poor lives.
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Department of Health review finds integration by children who have learning disabilities and/or autism into the wider community have poor lives

Children who have learning disabilities in the UK with challenging behaviours and complex mental health needs are being restrained, secluded, medicated and institutionalised – and there is limited hope of their situations improving. This is the finding of a review undertaken on behalf of the Department of Health.

There are 170 children aged 18 and under who have learning disabilities and/or autism and are receiving inpatient services, and 1,129 in receipt of residential special school services due to their complex behavioural and mental health needs. The services are not poor or neglectful – on the contrary, many are excellent – but they do not rehabilitate children, returning them into the wider community. They keep the children institutionalised.

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