(UK) "Too many" autistic kids in mental hospitals; students "let down by the system"

May 20, 2019, BBC: Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report. Research for the Children's Commissioner for England found children were often unable to get appropriate support at school and in the community. This was contributing to children ending up in institutions, sometimes for months or years, the report found. Children with learning disabilities or autism were being particularly let down by the system, it added. Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield's report says successive governments have tried to tackle the problem, but the number of children in mental health hospitals remains "unacceptably high"…. The review says there were 250 children identified as having a learning disability or autism in mental health hospitals in England in February 2019, compared with 110 in March 2015…. It says it is "particularly concerning" that these findings come after NHS England's Transforming Care programme, which sought to improve the quality of care for people with a learning disability or autism…. Ms Longfield said she had spoken to parents whose children had been "locked away in a series of rooms for months". "Others have to listen as they are told by institutions that their child has had to be restrained or forcibly injected with sedatives," she said. … Tim Nicholls, head of policy at the National Autistic Society, said autistic children and adults were "being failed by a broken system"….