Adults with learning disabilities at risk of abuse, say charities

Thousands of people suffering from autism and learning disabilities are being locked up and receiving inappropriate or dangerous treatment when they should be cared for in the community, campaigners have warned.

Relatives and charities are calling for disabled adults with difficult behaviour currently sectioned under the Mental Health Act to be released to receive better treatment more cheaply at home or in the community.

More than 2,300 are detained unnecessarily, according to the campaigners. The revelation comes just weeks after the Care Quality Commission admitted a woman with severe learning disabilities had been locked in a hospital room by herself for nine years.

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7th December 2014