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.
The We Are Human Too group have put a petition together 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 and sign the petition: We Are Human Too petition
Sending a letter to your MP
The group have made a letter that can be edited and sent to your local MP, to ask them to support the petition.
You can download the letter here: We Are Human Too letter
The letter is a Word document. If you need any help editing the letter, please contact Sally or Stewart at Skills for People:
Tel: 0191 281 8737
Use this link to find your local MP – you just need your postcode.
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 Sally or Stewart at Skills for People:
Tel: 0191 281 8737