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Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities

Inquiry

Limited progress in improving the way autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities are treated is to be examined by the Health and Social Care Committee. 

The short inquiry will hold the first of two evidence sessions next week with particular focus on the use of restraint and “sectioning”. It will also consider issues around seclusion, taking into account criticisms regarding human rights. 

Alexis Quinn, who is diagnosed with autism and has spoken publicly of her poor experiences of being held in the secure estate, will appear before MPs at the first session. 

The inquiry will consider what the Government plans to reform mental health legislation will mean for autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities. A white paper on reforming the Mental Health Act was published last month.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Fifth Report - The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities
Inquiry Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
HC 21
Report
Response to this report
The treatment of autistic people and people with learning disabilities: Government Response to the Committee’s Fifth Report of Session 2021–22
HC 631
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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27 April 2021
Inquiry Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Oral Evidence
13 April 2021
Inquiry Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Oral Evidence
9 February 2021
Inquiry Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Oral Evidence
ADL0013 - Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Witnesses The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Written Evidence
ADL0014 - Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Witnesses The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Written Evidence
ADL0012 - Treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities
Witnesses Manchester Metropolitan University
Committees Health and Social Care Committee
Written Evidence

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