Autistic people and people with a learning disability

We work with key national organisations to support councils to improve support for autistic people and people with a learning disability, as well as supporting the Building the Right Support programme.


National Safe and Wellbeing Review Programme December 2021

The National Safe and Wellbeing Review Programme was identified as part of the NHSE response to the Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) that will be undertaken to check the safety and wellbeing of all people with a learning disability and autistic people (children, young people, and adults) who were in any mental health hospital, learning disability or autism inpatient setting and including people on Section 17 leave funded by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) or provider collaboratives, NHSEi specialist commissioning on 31 October 2021. The reviews are expected to be completed by 31 January 2022. Read the CHIP briefing about Safe and Well Reviews

National strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults

The Government has published the new national strategy for Autistic Children, Young People and Adults.

Community Discharge Grant 2021/22

In July 2020, the Government announced the £62 million Community Discharge Grant in England to help accelerate the discharge of patients with learning disabilities and/or autistic people from mental health hospitals into the community.

Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper 2021

The Government published the Reforming the Mental Health Act white paper in August 2021, which sets out proposed changes to the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and wider reforms of policy and practice around it. This briefing summarises the key points of the Mental Health Act white paper with regard to people with a learning disability and autistic people.