Stripped of Human Rights

From the 24th of June to 28th June, families across the nation will be attending protests to raise awareness of the thousands of child, young people and adults stuck in Assessment and Treatment Units (often without any beneficial treatment).

The #StrippedofHumanRights Protest are taking place in a variety of places. The schedule for the London protests are as follows:

Monday, 24 June 2019

12:00-13:00 – Protest Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster

14:00-15:00 – Protest NHS England Skipton House, Elephant & Castle underground

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

12:00-13:00 – Protest Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster

14:00-15:00 – Protest NHS England Skipton House, Elephant & Castle underground

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

12:00-13:00 – Protest Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster

14:00-15:00 – Protest NHS England Skipton House, Elephant & Castle underground

Thursday, 27 June 2019

12:00-13:00 – Protest Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster

14:00-15:00 – Protest NHS England Skipton House, Elephant & Castle underground

Friday, 28 June 2019

12:00-13:00 – Protest Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria St, Westminster

14:00-15:00 – Protest NHS England Skipton House, Elephant & Castle underground

Other areas are sometimes just protesting on one day.

You can find out more about the protests on the #StrippedofHumanRights Facebook event page. You can also find details of how to download a variety of posters they have had made up for the day. Below are a few examples of some of the posters, they are very powerful.

We asked Leo, one of the key organisers to tell us why she had spent so many hours organising the protest and why she believed people should get involved.

It took me more than six years to get my son out of the institution he was in. The Government refer to them as hospitals but they are unlike any other hospital and our children are not sick! They should not be in hospital.

They have autism and behaviour that challenges. This is it. They are not sick, they are not ill but no one knows what to do – so off to ATUs they go.

They may say it is for a short term assessment and to see how they react to various treatments. Sadly, for us, very little assessment or treatment was involved.

The Units are often not set up for our children, they are there for people who have committed serious crimes. Our children’s only crime is to have autism and behaviour that challenges.

Our children, and our families, are being stripped of their human rights.

They do not get to live in their local community, near to their family. They are often hundreds of miles away.

Our children deserve compassion, care and understanding. They also deserve for the Government to take responsibility and action to stop this.

I also believe that the Government needs to be accountable for how they have failed our children. The people who should be looking out for our children are failing them miserably. This needs to stop.

Join us at our protests around the country.


Bringing Us Together supports this protest and the families involved. However, it is not our project or initiative. This is a family-led event.

BuT Site Admin

Debs is one of the co-founders and Directors of Bringing Us Together. She is mum to three child with a variety of SEND and has a great husband.

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