We Are Human Too is a campaign group of self-advocates, made up of people with learning disabilities and autistic people, from the North East of England.
In 2019, self-advocates and colleagues from Skills for People, Speaking Up Together at Your Voice Counts, and Sunderland People First came together after we heard about the abuse that happened at Whorlton Hall, in County Durham.
We were angry and upset about the abuse that some people have experienced Assessment and Treatment Units (sometimes called ATUs) and in secure hospitals.
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The We Are Human Too group created a petition in 2021 in response to the high numbers of people with learning disabilities and autistic people detained in Assessment and Treatment Units and secure hospitals, and the ongoing abuse that some people are experiencing.
‘We are sick, angry & upset; we wonder who cares about our lives?’
We believe an independent body led by people with lived experience should be created to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to monitor secure settings such as hospitals and assessment and treatment units (ATUs), and hold them to account.
Find out more about the petition: We Are Human Too petition
Find out more about We Are Human Too
The group made a #We Are Human Too video in 2020 to explain the campaign work they have been doing:
Please get in touch if you have any questions, or to get involved. Contact Stewart at Skills for People:
Tel: 0191 281 8737