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Cash for child mental health

14th November 2007

The government is to spend £30m to help put a stop to young mental health patients in England being treated on the same wards as adults.


It pledged to end the practice in planned changes of child mental health care announced last year.

The funding will provide 59 new beds and pay for 45 others to be moved to more appropriate locations in 17 projects across England.

The issue of young patients being treated on adult wards was highlighted in January in a report from the Children’s Commissioner, Professor Al Aynsley-Green and the charity YoungMinds.

The report said that children frequently ended up on adult wards either because no children’s beds were available, or because there was no way to access them in an emergency.

However, it also found that children on adult wards said they did not feel involved in their care, were often bored, and were even fearful of sexual harassment or aggression from adult patients.

Among the documents recommendations was that in future, wherever possible, no under-16s should end up on adult wards.

Health Minister Ivan Lewis said: “In November 2006, I made it clear that within two years no child under 16 would be treated on an adult psychiatric ward. Vulnerable children deserve age-appropriate services that recognise, irrespective of their condition, that they are first and foremost children.?

YoungMinds welcomed the extra money saying it would ensure better mental health services while mental health charity Mind said the investment from the government that was long overdue.


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