Mental health inpatient services for children and adolescents
are suffering form a shortage of emergency beds, according to a
survey carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The survey, published in the Psychiatric Bulletin,
reveals one third of child psychiatrists are concerned about a lack
of emergency beds and facilities for young people with mental
health problems. One quarter said there was poor provision for
The college surveyed nearly 300 members of the college’s
child and adolescent faculty in England and Wales.