Placement of adolescents in Intensive Psychiatric Care Units alongside adults

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Dear Borders NHS Board,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

How many adolescents have been placed in adult Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit within your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the average length of stay for an adolescent in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit within your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the youngest age of an adolescent being held in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit within your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the longest time period an adolescent has been held in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit within your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

How many Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) unit in-patient beds are available within your region?

How many patients have been held in "seclusion" (confined to their rooms) within Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) units in your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the longest time period a patient has been held in "seclusion" (confined to their rooms) within Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) units in your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the average duration of seclusion in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) units in your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014?

What is the youngest age a patient has been held in "seclusion" (confined to their rooms) within Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) units in your region broken down for each of these years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014? It is due to open in 2021.

What alternatives are considered to placing an adolescent in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit with adults?

What provision has been made at each Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) unit and Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit in your region to ensure that visits can take place privately and without interference from other patients?

Are private visiting rooms available at each Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit within your region?

What guidance is issued regarding the placement of adolescents in seclusion within CAMHS units? I request that you supply documents in relation to this.

What guidance is issued regarding the placement of adolescents in seclusion within Intensive Psychiatric Care Units? I request that you supply documents in relation to this.

What guidance has been issued regarding the safeguarding of adolescents placed alongside adults in Intensive Psychiatric Care Units within your region? I request that you supply documents in relation to this.

What policies are in place or guidance that has been distributed within your region regarding visits to:
a) Intensive Psychiatric Care Units and;
b)Child and Adolescent Mental Health units?

If this request is too wide or unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the Act, you are required to advise and assist requesters. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary?

Yours faithfully,

Pat Harrington

Freedom of Information, Borders NHS Board

Thank you for your recent FOI enquiry, we will reply promptly and in any event, a response will be sent no later than 3 December 2019.

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