Detaining young Children under Mental Health Act

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Dear Department of Health,

1. How many children aged 13 (year 8 pupils) were inpatients of a psychiatric ward in the last 12 months for which records are held?

2 Of those children relevant to question 1 please answer the following:

A. how many were in Local authority care ie under a Care Order?
B. how many were parented by special guardians?
C. How many were parented by their birth parents?

3. How many 13 year olds detained under the MHA 1983 were deemed to be Gillick competent?

4. In relation to answers given to question 2, please state whether the child gave their consent or whether the parent/guardian or local authority consented in the absence of consent from the child.

5. Of those children relevant to question 2, how many were under section 3of the MHA 1983?

6. How many complaints were made by 13 year olds about their care/treatment/nearest relative while inpatients?

7. How many 13 year old children ran away or attempted to run away from inpatient care in the last 12 months that records are held?

8. How many 13 year olds relevant to question 1 were diagnosed with a mental illness/mental disorder:
A. Within 28 days of being admitted?
B. between 28 days and 3 months of being admitted?
C. After more than 3 months of being an inpatient?
D. Never?

9. In what circumstances is a mother with parental responsibility refused information regarding their sectioned 13 year old child?

10. In cases where a 13 year old child has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act by a Local Authority or a Special Guardian, and the child has requested contact with their parent, how many children have been refused/provided the contact requested during the last 12 months?

11. According to the guidelines, to what extent is a 13 year old child's wishes and feelings taken into account when deciding the child's treatment/care or Suitability of the nearest relative?

Yours faithfully,


Dear Department of Health,

Please can you deal with my request which is now overdue.

Yours faithfully,



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Dear Sophie,

Thank you for your correspondence regarding your Freedom of Information request. I understand that the request you refer to (Our reference: DE00000819515) was answered alongside another request (Our reference: DE00000819456) sent on 19 November, which I attach again for reference. I apologise for any confusion in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Scott

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health

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