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National Collaborative Commissioning Unit to review placements of children with disabilities in England, 22/05/2019 [W/E]

Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services has asked the National Collaborative Commissioning Unit (NCCU) to review placements of Welsh children with autism or learning disabilities in hospitals in England.

The Minister has told the NCCU to begin the review after the Children’s Commissioner for England’s report about children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals.

The Commissioner’s report found that 250 children with a learning disability or autism were living in a mental health hospital in England, for an average of 6 months, often far from their home. The Commissioner argues that these children should be in their communities, not institutions, whenever it’s possible.

In his statement, the Minister says that children with learning disabilities or autism in Wales who need in-patient care are placed in units in England. These units must follow a specific framework when caring for people from out of their area. This framework is overseen by the NCCU.

The Minister also notes that the Welsh Government is working with other agencies to create guidance to reduce the use of restriction in health, social care and education.

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