Department of Health, 2012

At any one time around 15,000 people in England have learning disabilities or autism and behaviour that challenges. Most of these people are supported by their family carers or live independently in the community, often with complex packages of support. But at any one time, around 1,200 of these people may be in hospital services for assessment and treatment. This review is about the quality of health and care services they receive.

This report does not cover what happened at Winterbourne View hospital as criminal proceedings are ongoing. The Department will publish a full report, including what happened at Winterbourne View, when criminal proceedings have concluded. However, strong evidence that the health and care system is not meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities or autism and behaviour that challenges has already been found. There is a vast gap between policy and practice. This report sets out the actions that Government are taking now to address the serious issues already identified.

This report is based on:

This report identifies 14 actions that will be taken at a national level so that the focus is on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities or autism and behaviour which challenges.

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