Autism: Number of people stuck in hospital ‘national scandal’

An increasing number of children and young people with Autism have experienced admissions to mental health units. This issue has recently been reported by the BBC: CLICK HERE.

South Glos Parents and Carers, North Somerset Working Together; and Bristol Parent Carers are currently working on a new project with health services and other stakeholders to help children and young people with Autism or a Learning Disability in the area to receive the support they need, within the local community, preventing the potential pressures of unnecessary mental health admissions.

A new team is being developed to help young people and their families to navigate this complex system, and to link up all professionals involved, in order to get the right level of support the child or young person needs to help keep them at home, and not to be admitted into a mental health unit/hospital.

If you are a parent or carer in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire and are caring for a child, or young person who has been admitted or discharged from a mental health hospital or have had a CETR (Care, Education, Treatment Review) we really want to build links with you, and those who you care for – to hear about your experiences.

Your valued knowledge and experience can help shape this new service and we want it right for your families.

You can contact SGLOSPC at the following email address: