Monday 20 May 2019 / 9:01 AM Barbara Keeley / Social Care

Barbara Keeley MP commenting on the report “Far less than they deserve” from the Children’s Commissioner

Commenting on the report “Far less than they deserve” from the Children’s Commissioner, Barbara Keeley MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Member for Mental Health and Social Care, said:

“The fact that the number of autistic children and children with learning disabilities stuck on mental health in-patient units has increased under this Tory Government is a scandal. It is completely unacceptable that  children have spent months and years of their childhood in these unsuitable institutions

“Lack of support in the community leads to these vulnerable children and young people ending up on mental health wards and being traumatised by poor and restrictive practices.

“Labour will bring an end to the use of these inappropriate placements of autistic people and people with learning disabilities in mental health institutions by investing an extra £350 million a year to provide support for them living in the community instead.