The 6th Annual Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) report was published yesterday (14th July). We send our condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones.
On the 22nd of July 2022 the Joint Committee on Human Rights published a report on protecting human rights in care settings. This report was informed by a call for evidence in November 2021 to which the CBF submitted a joint response with Mencap.
The committee’s inquiry focuses on a number of key areas such as, provision of care, visiting arrangements, human rights framework, and complaints mechanisms. In particular, the report quoted our call for evidence response where we comment on the inappropriate use of DNACPRs based on disability during the Covid pandemic. The report says:
“Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation also expressed concerns about notices being inappropriately used based on disability, in violation of Article 14 ECHR, that protects individuals from discrimination in the enjoyment of their ECHR rights.” (pg. 15)
The report also suggests to government a number of recommendations to better protect the human rights of individuals in care settings. We would like to thank the families and other stakeholders who helped to inform our call for evidence submission, and we will track and report on the Government’s response to the report.
For further information please read the full report here: Protecting human rights in care settings (parliament.uk)
There is also an easy read version available here: Protecting human rights in care settings – Easy Read (parliament.uk)
Our written evidence can be found on the JCHR website here: Written evidence (parliament.uk)
BIHR has also released a response to this report which you can read here: JCHR Report: Protecting Human Rights in Care Settings | British Institute of Human Rights (bihr.org.uk)
Support from the CBF
Family Support Service
We are open at the following times:
- Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
- Friday: 9am – 3pm
We offer information about challenging behaviour to anyone who provides support to a child, young person or adult with a severe learning disability. We can also signpost you to other specialist organisations and sources of information.
Please note we are a small support service so you may not be able to get support straight away. We will support families with urgent concerns as a priority.
Professionals are also welcome to contact the CBF.
JCHR report on the detention of young people who are autistic or have a learning disability during Covid-19.