Despite the efforts of many care professionals the support for young people with disabilities shames civilised society in 2019. This latest report is sadly predictable and an indictment of institutional silos which has dogged public services for generations. We should not judge our public services by how many nurses or police officers are employed, how many new buildings go up or how much fancy equipment we buy. It’s about how we treat the vulnerable. Let's hope we see this issue in the Election campaign.
A legal duty should be imposed on councils and clinical commissioning groups to pool budgets for supporting young people with learning disabilities and autism to prevent them being traumatised and abused while detained in institutions, In a damning report published today, the Commons and Lords joint committee on human rights said the treatment of many young people detained in mental health hospitals is “inflicting terrible suffering on those detained and causing anguish to their distraught families”. The report said evidence of abuse is so consistent that the committee had concluded a dysfunctional system is causing long-term damage to vulnerable young people It adds the biggest barrier to reducing the volume of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism is a lack of “political focus and accountability”. The committee calls for a dedicated unit to be set up at Number 10,