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Charities call for government action on people with learning disability and autism ‘locked away’ in inpatient units

Mencap and Challenging Behaviour Foundation say more than 2,000 service users in England – including 230 children – continue to be sectioned under Mental Health Act 
Image of a young person with a learning disability and autisim who has been locked in an inpatient unit

Mencap and Challenging Behaviour Foundation say more than 2,000 service users in England – including 230 children – continue to be sectioned under Mental Health Act

Learning disability charities have called on the government to act over children and adults being ‘locked away’ in inpatient units.

Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation made the call after analysing NHS Digital data on the health of people with learning disabilities in 2018-19 .

The data included information about patients with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder (LDA) receiving inpatient care commissioned by the NHS in England.

The charities said at least 2,185 people with LDA, including 230 children, continue to be ‘locked away in inpatient units’.

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