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Mental health services in England fail to meet children’s needs, commissioner says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1944
  1. Harriet Adcock
  1. 1London

    Around one in 10 trusts providing mental health services in England are failing to follow recommendations designed to meet children’s and young people’s needs and keep them safe, warns a report. It found that many children were still being treated on adult psychiatric wards despite a government commitment to end this practice by April 2010.

    To accurately assess the situation, Al Aynsley-Green for the first time used powers granted to him as children’s commissioner to force primary care trusts and mental health trusts to disclose how young people are being cared for. He asked trusts to report their progress in …

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