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Care for autistic children is "not good enough", ministers have said, as they launched a review into the Government's autism strategy.Care Minister Caroline Dinenage (pictured) said that many autistic children are "falling through the cracks".The Government's autism strategy was last revised in 2015 and only covers adults in England.Ministers have…
The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
The costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities is projected to increase by almost £2bn by 2025 – with England’s largest councils warning that unless these ‘enormous’ costs are recognised, the ‘long-term’ survival of councils is at risk. The County Councils Network (CCN) has released analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP…
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have completed the world’s largest ever study of typical sex differences and autistic traits. They tested and confirmed two long-standing psychological theories: the Empathising-Systemising theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism. Working with the television production company Channel 4,…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has indicated he is ready to consider calls to close all institutions for people with learning difficulties or autism. The call came from Sir Stephen Bubb, who said recommendations for reform of the system in his 2014 report into abuse at the Winterbourne View home have…
An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public places.Council social services bosses began litigation in the Court of Protection, where judges consider issues relating to people who lack…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
An autism school has been left "devastated" after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry. Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as a group from Prior's Court in Berkshire returned to the specialist school after taking three young adults with…
A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitable accommodation. The 15-year-old, identified in court as R, is thought to be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after "living…
Families of children with special educational needs are fighting a High Court battle against local authority cuts of more £21 million. Five children, whose mothers are bringing the case on their behalf, are challenging Surrey County Council's decision to reduce its Schools and Special Educational Needs (SSEN) budget. They said…
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