Urgent action needed to protect children’s rights in mental health settings

Article 39 has published a report sharing children and young people’s views and experiences of mental health hospitals in England, as told to their advocates. The report finds that children are being kept in hospital for too long, often many miles from home, and in environments not conducive to their needs and rights as children. Issues raised include: children and young people not feeling listened to or involved in the planning of their care and treatment; those wishing to challenge their detention fearing that they might be ‘sectioned’ if they are an informal patient; and inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion or segregation.

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Written by Finley T.