Eating disorder services funding

The Welsh Government has announced £250,000 of annual funding to help improve services for children and young people with eating disorders in South Wales.

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Welsh Govt 'duty' to protect health of young people

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

Funding to improve eating disorder services

Anorexia currently affects 1 in 250 women and 1 in 2,000 men.

£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.

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The National Assembly's petitions committee will tomorrow consider the need for specialist eating disorder centres in Wales.