Girls Under 14s sectioned

Sophie made this Freedom of Information request to Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
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Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board did not have the information requested.

Dear Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board,

1. How many female Birmingham residents, aged between 12 or 13 years have been detained under the mental health act since 1 January 2013 to date?

2. Of those children relevant to question 1, please provide the following information:

A. How many had never been the subject of a care order or interim care order?
B. Did the parent or guardian consent to the detention?
C. How long did the detention last?
D. Was a diagnosis made of mental illness/ mental disorder?
E. how long was the child assessed before being diagnosed?
F. How many children were inpatients within Birmingham?
G. How many were living with their natural/birth mother?
H. What diagnosis was made?
I. What drugs were the children given?

4. Are children who are detained under the mental health act provided an independent advocate?

5. What procedures are in place to ensure children are not wrongfully detained?

Yours faithfully,


Dear Sophie,

I am writing in response to your recent freedom of information request in
relation to the number of female Birmingham residents, aged between 12 or
13 years have been detained under the mental Health Act.

The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board to not hold the data you have
requested. It may be more appropriate to contact the Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Service, who may be able to assist with the information you
are seeking.

Yours Sincerely

Simon Cross
Business Manager
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board
Room B54, Council House Extension, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BU
0121 464 2612

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