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These are our children

A review by Dame Christine Lenehan Director, Council for Disabled Children

These are our children and they are known. They occur in every area and they often follow a well-trodden pathway out of their local authority area, never to come back.
There is a small group of children in every area with significant needs. We know who these children are. We know where they are. They are already in contact with the NHS and Local Authority and there is a broad understanding already of their needs.

This Review was triggered by a small number of individual cases. They focussed public and Ministerial attention on the care, support and treatment provided to the group of children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/ or autism.

Alistair Burt, the then Minister of State for Care and Support, asked in 2016 for a Review to “take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken by Government Departments and partners at national level to make the system better able to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/ or autism.”

The Case Review into the care of one of the individuals that prompted this Review stated that “There does not need to be another large review to consider how to improve services for children and young people with autism, learning difficulties and or mental health issues.”