Change the law on sectioning children and adults with learning disabilities.

Change the law on sectioning children and adults with learning disabilities.

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Paula Sleat started this petition to The Houses of parliament

After watching the documentary with Katie Price and Harvey I was astonished to hear that children and adults with learning disabilities and associated behaviour difficulties can be sectioned and put in to psychiatric units!  As the parent of a severely autistic 15 year old daughter who also has severe learning disability and associated behaviour difficulties it breaks my heart to know that this could happen to my child! Grace currently attends an amazing residential special school. When she turns 18 she will move on to a residential college. To know that if her placement can’t manage her behaviour they can call the police have her arrested and sectioned to a psychiatric unit doesn’t sit well with me. It would be the same for any parent in the same situation knowing that possible threat hangs over our loved ones is horrific.  This has happened to many people in the past including children. Placing individuals with learning disabilities and associated difficulties in that kind of situation can and will destroy them forever. If a placement can’t manage the behaviour then they are not fit for purpose as this is part of the reason why people like my Grace are there because they need “professional” care. Placements will have full background and will have done a full assessment on a potential resident before offering them a place. Therefore agreeing that they can handle and diffuse any behaviours that may occur. Learning disabilities including autism are not mental health conditions and should not be treated as such. 

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