Inside the “barbaric” mental health units holding autistic adults and children – TheHouse

Nearly 2,000 adults and hundreds of children with learning disabilities or autism are being held in mental health units, with an average stay of more than five years, despite repeated abuse scandals. Justine Smith reports

Shortly after her 18th birthday, Danielle Attree woke in the night to be confronted by several men. She was handcuffed and bundled into a secure van. When she lashed out, fighting for her life as they arrived at their destination, she was violently restrained, drugged and locked in a room with only a mattress on the floor.

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