Children in UK mental health hospitals ‘not improving’

YoungMinds and the National Autistic Society are launching the Always campaign, which calls for the government to protect and enforce the rights of children in mental health hospitals | YoungMinds

The campaign is based around The Always Charter, which sets out ten rights that young people in inpatient units and their families should always have.

The experience of parents:

Parents who responded to the survey told us: 

“My child has had a number of admissions to different units. The communication and support from these services has been very poor. I have felt guilty, judged, not listened to and belittled.”

“I did challenge some decisions but feel my views were still dismissed and I gave up. The majority of the experience in inpatient was a ‘done to’ rather than ‘with’ approach.”

“We were always asked – ‘Here’s what we recommend. Do you agree?’ – as though it was our choice. But when we didn’t agree, we were seen as obstructive. They said we had choice, but we didn’t.”

“We needed a key contact that all questions about our daughter could be voiced through. Although she had a key worker, she was rarely at the unit or contactable.”

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