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Disabled children in England with severe behavioural and complex mental health issues are being “separated and hidden” from society, a review warns.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) says these children should not be put into institutions at an early age.

Such a move costs the taxpayer dear and gives youngsters low ambitions for improving their lives, the CDC says.

However, the review, commissioned by the Department of Health, acknowledged ministers had not ignored this group.

It praised government initiatives brought in after the abuse of people with learning disabilities was uncovered at Winterbourne View private hospital near Bristol.

However, the CDC concluded there was no clear vision for the treatment of children with complex needs involving challenging behaviour, mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.

It said a lack of accountability across a fragmented care system was depriving these children of their right to an education and community and family life. Read full story