Column: Safeguarding vulnerable children and young people must be number one priority to protect their welfare

Autism Union welcomes The Care Quality Commission’s call for there to be an independent review of every person, inclusive of children, young people with autism and learning impairments, being held in segregated circumstances in mental health wards.

By BarbaraCraythorn1
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019, 09:43
Sheffield Sparkle march to the town hall from Devonshire Green in 2017

Such a review should include matters of safeguarding, quality of care and planning discharges.

Autism Union, Sparkle Sheffield and Equalities and Human Rights UK had been repeatedly making representation on concerns, in regard to matters of restraint and the segregation of these vulnerable groupings to Government, as well as in regard to failings in securing care packages for children and young people’s release, calling for a review into mental health ward and aligned unit conditions, ‘patient’ experiences and agencies failings in policy and procedure. As well as breaches of the law.

Secluding and segregating children and young people with autism or with learning impairments is not an equality adaptation, it is a serious breach of their equality entitlements and human rights. Autism Union, will, alongside Sparkle Sheffield and Equalities and Human Rights UK and others, be reiterating to government, health and social care public authorities and private providers involved that safeguarding these vulnerable children and young people must be the number one priority along with protecting their welfare, wellbeing, equalities and rights.