General Article Children treated on adult mental health wards on the rise

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More children and young people have been treated on adult mental health wards in the first eight months of 2013/14 than the whole of the previous year, new data reveals.


By Derren Hayes


Provisional data published yesterday by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that between April and November 2013, 250 under-18s were recorded as spending time on adult mental health wards as a result of 303 admissions to hospital. 

Over the eight-month period, child admissions accounted for 10,424 bed days on adult wards. 
North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust had the highest number of young people treated on adult wards, while Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust had the most bed days. 

Under the Mental Health Act (2007) adult mental health wards are deemed to be inappropriate settings for treating under-18s, and a succession of government ministers have pledged over recent years to end their use for children and ...

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