No room for mentally-ill pupils

10th November 2000 at 00:00
THOUSANDS of mentally-disturbed children are falling victim to an underfunded and understaffed care system, says a new report, writes Amanda Kelly.

Many end up in unsuitable adult psychiatric wards, children's homes or secure accommodation because of a shortage of places.

According to the Office for National Statistics, around one in 10 youngsters is affected by a mental health disorder. Yet the report published by the children's charity YoungMinds shows tat even when a need for immediate hospital admission is diagnosed, children face a wait of up to three weeks.

In a secondary school of 1,000 pupils, around 50 will be seriously depressed and 100 will be suffering significant distress. But there are just 81 child and adolescent units in England and Wales, accommodating only 972 patients.

The report "Whose Crisis? Meeting the needs of seriously disturbed young people" is at

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today