An independent investigation into the use of restraint on children in secure custody has highlighted how young people with mental health problems may be being failed by the current system.
Dr Brian Gibbons, Assembly Minister for Heath and Social Services, pledged an extra £3 million yesterday to help support carers of people with mental health illnesses in Wales.
Children’s mental healthcare in Wales has been criticised by Peter Clarke, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, for not having the facilities to treat young people locally.
An Early Day Motion was tabled in Westminster this week asking for the Government to reassess the Draft Mental Health Bill.
In response to a question asked by the Liberal Democrats the Government has published official figures to show the extent of the prescription of anti-depressants in under-18s.
In Prime Minister’s Question Time this week, Tony Blair was put on the spot regarding mentally disordered offenders.