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Mother calls for son to be moved out of ATU where he suffered ‘institutional abuse’

A mother has called for her son, who has suffered ‘institutional abuse’ while resident at an assessment and treatment unit (ATU), to be moved back into the community. Lynne McCarrick wants her son Chris, 22, who has autism and a learning disability to be moved out to somewhere where he can build a long-term home in his local community close to his loving family. She is extremely concerned for his safety. Chris has been detained in an ATU run by Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for more than 3 years. A safeguarding investigation concluded that Chris had suffered ‘institutional abuse’


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