“She is so desperate to end it all, she currently has a toothbrush inside her.”
Jane Haines is talking about her daughter, Ayla, who has been in secure units for people with learning difficulties for seven years.
A government programme to move people out of these units after an abuse scandal is a failure, campaigners say.
The government said it was committed to reducing inpatient numbers in England by 35% by 2020, although it has only relocated 19% of its 35-50% target.
In all, it pledged to move its target number by March 2018, but 2,000 remain.
Jane’s daughter was admitted to an Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU) at 19, after struggling with anorexia and other mental health issues.
These secure units treat vulnerable young people who