Human Rights and the Government’s response to COVID-19: The detention of young people who are autistic and/or have learning disabilities Contents



1 Introduction

2 Visits and the right to family life

The impact of visiting restrictions on young people

The right to family life

NHS England guidance on visiting and the Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983

Alternative means of contact


3 Use of restraint and solitary confinement

Young people’s experiences of restraint and solitary confinement during the pandemic

The right to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment

The incidence of restrictive practices


4 Inspections

Inspections during Covid-19

The state’s positive obligation to protect against torture, inhuman or degrading treatment


5 Inappropriate detention and failure to discharge

Inappropriate and harmful detention

Discharges during the pandemic

Experiences of delayed discharge due to the pandemic


6 Data on Covid-19 infections and deaths

7 Conclusion

Conclusions and recommendations

Declaration of Interests

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 12 June 2020