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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.

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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

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