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.

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

Local Government Association, May 2019

The LGA’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Peer Learning Programme looked at how to prioritise early help and free up acute care for the most vulnerable in order to achieve change; supporting councils and their local partners to learn from each other, and from other councils across the country. Eight councils and their partners took part in two learning days and a visit to another council, gaining further knowledge and understanding on how to tackle their local issue.

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The prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment and its impact on health: a longitudinal analysis

Institute for Social and Economic Research, May 2019

This research looks at how ethnic minorities in the UK experience harassment and its impact on their lives.  The research finds that one in ten people from ethnic minorities in England have reported experiencing ethnic and racial harassment in a public place, and almost double that number have reported feeling unsafe or avoiding public places.  The report finds that experiencing ethnic and racial harassment can affect mental health and recommends that harassment and discrimination are considered in relation to the provision of mental health services.

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National survey of local innovation and research needs of the NHS

Oxford Academic Health Science Network, May 2019

This report outlines the findings from a survey to identify local NHS innovation and research needs.  The views of local health stakeholders, including clinical leaders, managers and directors, within each Academic Health Science Networks region were collected through qualitative interviews with 61 people and a questionnaire which received more than 250 responses in total.  The report outlines the national findings from the survey with local health and social care stakeholders. It includes a detailed analysis of the innovation and research needs at local level across all AHSNs.

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Above and beyond: how voluntary sector providers of disability support add value to communities

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, May 2019

This report looks at real-life stories from four disability support providers across England. The report outlines the voluntary care sector’s key impacts on social care, including engaging local partners and harnessing the potential of community resources, reducing social isolation and promoting inclusion, and changing perceptions of disability.

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Working well together: evidence and tools to enable co-production in mental health commissioning

Royal College of Psychiatrists, May 2019

This resource was commissioned by NHS England to support delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the NHS Long Term Plan and the resource provides the evidence and tools to enable coproduction in mental health commissioning.  The document aims to improve local strategic decisions about, and the provision of, current and future mental health services for children, young people, adults and older adults.   The recommendations from this document are aimed at commissioners of mental health services, as well as people who need mental health services, their families, friends and carers, and those who work in mental health care and support.

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