Kids in Custody

Mental Health Cop

Last week there was an urgent Parliamentary question tabled by the shadow health minister concerning CAMHS provision. You can watch the session for yourself as it lasts just over half an hour and is fairly interesting, for a few reasons.

The question was prompted by a few different events: last week NHS England issued guidance to all health areas that it was acceptable to admit children of 16 and 17 years of age to adult mental health wards, where specialist CAMHS provision was not available. That in itself was partly in response to the handling of a young patient in Devon last November who was held in police custody for two days because no specialist bed was available. Although unconnected to the urgent Parliamentary question, we also know that various other pressure exist on the issue of why there seems to be insufficient CAMHS provision. In case you’re not aware…

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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