LGA responds to CQC report on use of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing."


Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

Responding to a Care Quality Commission report on the review of restraint, prolonged seclusion and segregation for people with a mental health problem, a learning disability and/or autism, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“People with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health problem, deserve to live their best possible lives. It is essential that people with complex needs are safe and protected from discrimination and abuse in communities, hospitals and other care settings.

“This is an important report and the LGA is already offering support to local areas to achieve the recommendations set out.

“Social care was already facing severe financial and demand pressures prior to the pandemic, which have since been exacerbated further. This must be addressed so that we can make further progress.

“The forthcoming Spending Review is an opportunity to increase investment in community care settings for people with a learning disability and/or autism, who may also have a mental health condition, and to move towards putting social care on a long-term sustainable footing.

“This will enable us to build upon important progress through the Transforming Care Programme and help to further reduce the number of inpatients, through the commissioning of services to enable people with complex needs to live good lives in the community.”