£250,000 is being given by the Welsh Government to support youngsters with eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa.
The money follows a long campaign for a dedicated unit. It will go to re-shape services, allowing more youngsters to be treated in Wales - rather than having to travel to England. Hannah Thomas reports.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM says the £250,000 funding will be used to 'reengineer' existing services in south Wales and improve outreach services. He told ITV News lessons will be learned from how the money is spent in south Wales to improve services in north Wales.
The Welsh Government says it has a "duty" to protect the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people - and funding services for eating disorders will allow more of them to stay in Wales for treatment.
We have a duty to protect and improve the emotional health and wellbeing of our children and young people.
Where a child or young person has emotional problems, we know that if these are picked up and dealt with at the earliest opportunity, there is a much better chance of that person having a positive future.
Funding specialist services for the treatment of eating disorders will allow more children and young people to remain in Wales.
Just as importantly it will ensure, that the young person can maintain contact with their family and friends while they undergo treatment.
– Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services
£250,000 funding is to be given to help improve specialist services in South Wales for children and young people with eating disorders.
The funding, announced by health minister Mark Drakeford is to ensure Health Boards are able to provide new specialist expertise to work with young people and their families, and improve training and skills of existing staff.
Figures estimate around 56,000 people in Wales have some form of eating disorder.
There are currently no eating disorder clinics in Wales. Earlier this year, there were fresh calls for Wales to have a special in-patient medical unit to deal with the most severe cases.