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Locked Away: Our Autism Scandal - Dispatches

Locked Away: Our Autism Scandal - Dispatches, Channel 4, 24 March 2023 Picture: Channel 4.

Autistic patients trapped in mental health units tell their stories, revealing a system of poor treatment, abuse and long stretches inside with their symptoms only getting worse.

Tim Nicholls, Head of Influencing and Research at the National Autistic Society, said: “The appalling failures in care shown in Channel 4’s Dispatches - Locked Away: Our Autism Scandal are unbelievably distressing. This harrowing documentary is the latest in too many examples of autistic people being locked away in seclusion and subjected to abuse in mental health hospitals. This scandal must end."

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