Rise in children treated on adult mental health wards
By Michael Buchanan BBC Social Affairs correspondent
An increasing number of under-18s with mental health problems in England are being treated on adult psychiatric wards, it has emerged.
And many children are having to travel hundreds of miles across the country to receive hospital treatment.
Treating young people in such units should happen only in exceptional circumstances. The Department of Health had promised this would stop by 2010.
The DoH said children and young people's mental health was a priority.
Using Freedom of Information requests, the BBC and online journal Community Care found the number of under-18s being treated in adult units was in its hundreds - and rising.
Data returned by 51 of the 58 NHS mental health trusts in England showed that 350 under-18s have been admitted so far to adult mental health wards in 2013-14, compared with 242 two years earlier.