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Child mental health services 'unfit'

November 17, 2014 10:05 PM
Originally published by LDDA - The Liberal Democrat Disability Association

There are "serious and deeply ingrained problems" with child and adolescent mental health services, officials warn.

The Health Select Committee says the whole system - from prevention and early intervention through to inpatient services - has issues.

While demand for care is rising, in many parts of the country funding is being frozen or cut.

The government said it had launched a taskforce to drive up standards, and was investing money in mental health.

Turned away

The Health Select Committee, which received the most written submissions for any inquiry it has held this Parliament, was particularly concerned about children and young people being taken to police cells rather than hospital.

Police can detain people under the Mental Health Act if there is no "safe space" in hospitals available.

A recent analysis by the Care Quality Commission found people were being turned away because of full wards, staff shortages or violent behaviour.