Far less than they deserve: children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals

Children’s Commissioner, May 2019

This report finds that too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily – in some cases are spending months and years of their childhood in institutions rather than being treated in their communities. It warns that the current system of support for those with learning disabilities or autism is letting down some of the most vulnerable children in the country.

Click here to view the full report.

Oral care and people with learning disabilities

Public Health England, March 2019

This contains information about oral care and dental treatment for people with learning disabilities. It aims to help staff in dental teams to provide services that are accessible to people with learning disabilities. There is information about how learning disability staff can support this. It is also intended to be of use to family carers and paid supporters who help someone with their daily oral care and with accessing dental services.

Click here to view the guidance.

Love Life: resources for young people with learning disabilities

NSPCC, March 2019

These films and supporting resources are aimed at young people with a learning disability aged 11 to 25 to help them learn strategies for staying safe as they grow up and gain independence.

They enable adults to start conversations with young people about:

  • feelings
  • privacy and boundaries
  • friendship
  • different kinds of love
  • online safety.

Click here to access the resource.

A fair, supportive society: summary report

University College London Institute of Health Equity, November 2018

NHS England commissioned report that highlights that some of the most vulnerable people in society – those with learning disabilities – will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population. Much of the government action needed to improve life expectancy for people with disabilities is likely to reduce health inequalities for everyone. The report recommends that action should focus on the ‘social determinants of health’, particularly addressing poverty, poor housing, discrimination and bullying.

Click here to view the full report.