Young People and Children in Mental Health Services Report

Date: 1st September 2010
Category: Basic Health and Welfare
Author: Mental Welfare Commission

Since 2005 the Mental Welfare Commission has been monitoring what happens to children or young people under 18 if they are admitted to non-specialist settings, such as adult mental health or general paediatric wards, for the treatment of mental illness. The Commission made this a priority because of the duty placed on NHS Boards to provide age appropriate services and accommodation, and because of the particular vulnerability of young people with a mental illness.

This report contains key findings and recommendations from their programme of visits to children and young people who were receiving mental health care and treatment in services across Scotland over a three month period in 2009.