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The Care Quality Commission have published early findings from their review of the use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with a mental health problem, a learning disability and/or autism.
The report focuses on 39 people who are cared for in segregation on a learning disability ward or a mental health ward for children and young people.
From an information request sent to providers, CQC were told of 62 people who were in segregation. This included 42 adults and 20 children and young people – some as young as 11 years old. Sixteen people had been in segregation for a year or more – one person had spent almost a decade in segregation.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including a call for independent reviews of every person who is being held in segregation in mental health wards for children and young people and wards for people with a learning disability and/or autism.