BBC News: Parents head to High Court over special needs cuts

“This is not about getting extra violin lessons for our kids. This is about the support they need to achieve their full potential in life.

“It’s about how they might be able one day to get a job and live independently. It’s that important.”

Sarah Jones is one of four mothers from Surrey taking a case to the High Court to challenge cuts to services for their five children with disabilities.

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BBC News:’Shameful’ use of restraints on disabled patients

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities in hospital units in England rose by 50% between 2016 and 2017, figures show.

In 2017, restraints were used more than 22,000 times – once every half an hour. This was up from 15,000 times in 2016.

Former Social Care Minister Norman Lamb said the use of restraint was “shameful”.

The Department of Health said it was committed to reducing the use of restrictive force in hospitals.

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Also covered in the Guardian here

Don’t forget Transforming Care – Is it Working? will be on BBC Radio 4 at 20:00 on 2 October.