Learning Disabilities, Autism and Mental Health Conditions (DoH)

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May 2015
MWNUK's constant concern has been that whilst a lack of understanding of autism,learning disabilities and mental health matters is prevalent within all communities irrespective of faith and ethnicity, there are particular hurdles and barriers faced by those affected within the Muslim and BME communities that need to be considered and addressed by the Department of Health when considering key changes to care.

There have been various instances of failures in approach and understanding by various individuals and organisations including the police and medical profession when dealing with sufferers, which has caused more harm than good. In turn, better training, guidance and most importantly awareness from a faith and cultural perspective is required together with a multi-agency approach if issues are to be addressed in an effective manner.

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