Mental health detention – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The UK Government has committed to introducing a new Mental Health Bill and implementing new laws to prevent the use of force in mental health units. However, detention rates remain high, particularly for Black people, and the use of restraint is widespread. The UK Government has repeatedly missed targets to reduce the use of inpatient care for people with autism and those with learning disabilities, and there is evidence of poor treatment and abuse in these settings. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has exacerbated the overall rates of poor mental health and reduced important safeguards in mental health detention.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on mental health detention.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021