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Children Being Failed on Mental Health Issues


Monday, October 6th, 2008 Children Being Failed on Mental Health Issues

As reported by Rosemary Bennett (The Times 01 10 08) There are hundreds of children and teenagers being treated on adult psychiatric wards. In fact only 15% of health trusts have complied with the Government’s commitment that all young people would be treated in special units, not with adults, by this November.

Such is the crisis the children’s commissioner Commissioner, Sir Al Aynsley-Green has used his powers to force Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to disclose what is going on in clinics and psychiatric hospitals.

The Children’s Commissioner has singled out some basic standards that adult wards must meet when young people have to be treated there. These are based on government guidelines and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Only a third have facilities for education and only a quarter offer any daily activities for young people. This has been identified as a particular problem as it is very harmful to leave children and young people “watching the wall” for hours on end.

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