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A senior judge who said there would be "blood on our hands" if a safe placement was not found for a suicidal teenager has approved a plan for her care. Last week, Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, revealed in a judgment that…
Investigations into abuse of mental health patients have nearly doubled in three years, according to a report. An analysis of NHS figures obtained by The Times through Freedom of Information requests, found abuse incidents recorded by mental health trusts had risen from 106 in 2013/14 to 199 in 2015/16. Inquiries…
A number of appropriate beds have been identified after a High Court judge warned "we will have blood on our hands" if care is not found for a suicidal teenager upon her release from a secure unit. Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales,…
Dozens of prisoners have been released by mistake as violence in jails surged to a new high, official figures reveal. Seventy-one convicted criminals or suspects were erroneously freed in 2016/17 - a rise of seven on the previous year and the highest number since current records started a decade ago.…
The mother of a teenage girl who took her own life has criticised the health professionals who "failed" her daughter and said she would never have left her alone if she had been warned she was a suicide risk. Sandy Legg said 14-year-old Sofia was "failed by the system" and…
Soaring rates of suicide and self-harm in prisons must be dealt with urgently, but it is unclear how the authorities will meet ambitious aims for improving inmates' mental health, the public spending watchdog has said. In a highly critical report, the National Audit Office (NAO) said prisons had "struggled to…
A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
Children and teenagers admitted to hospital with injuries relating to drugs, alcohol, violence or self-harming face a five-fold increased risk of suicide, a study has found. Researchers looked at anonymous data on more than a million young people aged 10 to 19 who were admitted to UK hospital accident and…
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