Young people using mental health services 'put at risk'

Children and young people accessing mental health services in Wales continue to be put at risk. This is the conclusion of a joint follow up review by Health Inspectorate Wales and Wales Audit Office.

Welsh Government respond to mental health report

The Welsh Government have responded to a joint review into the access of mental health services by Health Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office, which says children and young people continue to be put at risk.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government said: “Since March 2013, the Health Minister Mark Drakeford has chaired quarterly meetings with the Vice-Chairs of NHS organisations, to discuss mental health services. The next meeting will take place early in the New Year.

“Today’s report will be the first item on the agenda in order to accelerate progress for children and young people.”

Results of review 'completely unacceptable' says Public Accounts Committee

Many children and young people in Wales who are accessing mental health services are still being put at risk, despite action taken to address safety issues.

That's according to a joint review by the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.

Despite the action taken by NHS Wales to address the safety issues highlighted in 2009, it is clear from today's follow-up report that children and young people accessing mental health services in Wales are still being put at risk. This is completely unacceptable.

Many young people are still admitted inappropriately to adult mental health wards or are placed long distances away from their families and friends, due to a lack of capacity in the two specialist inpatient units in Wales.

– Darren Millar AM, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

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Young mental health patients in Wales continue to be put at risk

Children and young people accessing mental health services in Wales continue to be put at risk, according to a joint review by Health Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office.

The review focuses on action taken by the Welsh Government and health boards in response to safety concerns identified in a report in 2009.

Whilst the review acknowledges some improvements, it says risks identified in the 2009 report still remain.

It says some children and young people are still being inappropriately admitted to adult mental health wards, health professionals are failing to share information, and unsafe discharge practices persist.

The report makes a number of recommendations for the Welsh Government.

Despite the steps taken to address the safety concerns raised in the 2009 report, children and young people continue to be put at risk. The Welsh Government therefore needs to take a stronger grip to ensure that health boards are designing and delivering services which protect children and young people and minimise the risks to them.

– Huw Vaughan Thomas, Auditor General for Wales