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A survey of psychiatrists' views of the use of the Children Act and the Mental Health Act in children and adolescents with mental health problems

  • Alex Mears (a1) and Adrian Worrall (a1)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To identify psychiatrists' concerns relating to the use of legislation in children and young people with mental health problems. Four hundred and eighty members of the child and adolescent faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists were asked to list their main concerns.

Results

Two hundred and fifty-eight members responded. The four most reported themes were: choosing between the Mental Health Act and the Children Act; general issues around consent to treatment; issues with social services departments; and the stigma associated with using the Mental Health Act.

Clinical Implications

The range of themes identified from this survey have served to focus the evaluation of the use of the Children Act and the Mental Health Act in Children and Adolescents in Psychiatric Settings (CAMHA-CAPS), and informed the design of subsequent data collection tools. The project report has now been submitted to the Department of Health for consideration.

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NHS Health Advisory Service (1996) Child and Adolescent Service. Safeguards for Young Minds: Young People and Protective Legislation. London: Gaskell.
Worrall, A. & O'Herlihy, A. (2001) Psychiatrists' views of in-patient child and adolescent mental health services: a survey of members of the child and adolescent faculty of the College. Psychiatric Bulletin, 25, 219222.
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A survey of psychiatrists' views of the use of the Children Act and the Mental Health Act in children and adolescents with mental health problems

  • Alex Mears (a1) and Adrian Worrall (a1)
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