Children in secure hospitals

 

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals in England. Findings include: on average, children who were in mental health hospitals in England at the end of February 2019 had spent 6 months in their current hospital stay; and 75 children with a learning disability and/or autism in hospital were recorded as having been restrained in December 2018. Recommendations include: better data should be collected on the length of stay and delayed transfers of care in children’s mental health hospitals; and the government must review quality standards and establish mechanisms of accountability and oversight.

Source: Children’s Commissioner  Date: 20 May 2019

Further information: Far less than they deserve: children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals (PDF)

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