“determination” to stop children being put on adult
by Samantha Clarke
NHS has proved its “determination” to stop children
being admitted to adult psychiatric wards, according to the children’s
commissioner for England.
The government set a target that
by 2010 no children up to 16 should be treated in adult wards and
for those under 18 it should only happen where appropriate.
Last year a report, entitled Pushed
Into The Shadows, by the children's commissioner, Professor
Albert Aynsley-Green, called it a "national scandal"
that children are being sexually harassed on adult psychiatric wards.
Prof Aynsley-Green subsequently
made 20 recommendations for NHS trusts to prevent children
being inappropriately admitted and to ensure those admitted on adult
psychiatric wards were safe and properly cared for.
The commissioner’s Out of the Shadows? report published yesterday
is a summary of action primary
care and mental health trusts have taken.
It is based on written correspondence
by trusts to Prof Aynsley-Green who concluded that trusts should
be "applauded" for having shown "real determination”
to fulfil the government's pledge.
He said: “It is promising that the vast majority of responses
showed that PCTs and mental health trusts have put in place, or
have taken steps to put in place, a variety of measures to address
the range of concerns identified by recommendations in Pushed into
said “more needs to be done” to ensure that young people
placed on adult wards have appropriate level of care.
Department of Health spokesman said some 16 and 17-year-olds will
continue to be treated alongside adults after 2010.
said: "It would be inappropriate to introduce an absolute prohibition
of 16/17-year-olds being placed on an adult ward, as this would
mean some patients would not be treated in an environment suitable
for their needs and in line with their wishes."
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