Detention of young people with learning disabilities

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report on the detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The report finds that the detention of those with learning disabilities and/or autism is often inappropriate and that the right housing, social care and health services needed to prevent people being detained inappropriately are not being commissioned. Recommendations include: a call for the government to introduce a legal duty on local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure the availability of sufficient community-based services; and families should be given new legal rights to attend reviews or meetings at which decisions are taken about whether to place a young person in detention.

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Read the report: The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism (PDF) ​​

Source: UK Parliament

Date: 01 November 2019