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Dear Department for Education,

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 old 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 3 of the MHA 1983 (detained for more than 28 days).

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

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?

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

10. In cases where a 13 year old child has been detained 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 or suitability of their nearest relative?

Yours faithfully,

Sophie

Department for Education

Dear Sophie

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0069271

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Madam,
Thank you for your email dated 3 November requesting information about children and mental health.
You requested;

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 old 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 3 of the MHA 1983
(detained for more than 28 days).
6.  How many complaints were made by 13 year olds about their care/treatment?
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?
9.  In what circumstances has a mother with parental responsibility been refused information
regarding their sectioned 13 year old child?
10.  In cases where a 13 year old child has been detained 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 or suitability of their nearest relative?

I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Department for Education does not hold information on the numbers of looked after children who
are inpatients of a psychiatric ward and I am therefore unable to provide the precise information
you have requested.

The lead Department for mental health policy is the Department of Health. I therefore suggest you
forward your Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the Department of Health at:
[1]http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/contactus.nsf...

The Department for Education collects data on looked after children each year from all local
authorities. The latest information is published in our Statistical First Release Children Looked
after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2013, which is
available at
[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....

The numbers of children looked after under a care order at 31 March 2013 are provided in table A2,
and the placements of children looked after at 31 March are provided in table A3.

You may also be interested to see the latest information on uses of the Mental Health Act 1983 in
England between 1st April 2012 and 31st March 2013 which is available on the Health and Social
Care Information Centre website at: [3]http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB12503
 
I am sorry I couldn’t be of more help in this instance.
 
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the
reference number below in any future communications.
 
If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you should make a complaint to the
Department by writing to me within two calendar months of the date of this letter.  Your complaint
will be considered by an independent review panel, who were not involved in the original
consideration of your request. 
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint to the Department, you may then contact
the Information Commissioner’s Office
Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2013/0069271. If you need to respond to
us, please visit: [4]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Xane Panayiotou
Children in Care
[email address]
[5]www.education.gov.uk

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