Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New RCP guidelines on children on adults' wards

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has developed safeguarding standards for young people placed on adult psychiatric wards. The standards were commissioned by the National Institute for Mental Health in England and are designed to help managers meet their duty to end the unsuitable accomodation of young people in adults' wards by April 2010. There are 170 criteria, covering staffing, training, assessment, administrative processes and the physical environments of the wards. The Government is spending £31m to meet the target.

You can download a copy of the standards at

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