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Dangerous Mentally Handicapped Children

Volume 24: debated on Monday 17 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what facilities are available within the National Health Service for dangerous mentally handicapped children.

Detailed information is not available centrally. The number of mentally handicapped children who are dangerous is believed to be very small and, since the behaviour which may give rise to danger can vary, various forms of treatment and care may be required for different individuals. It is for each health authority to decide what special facilities it needs. In the very exceptional case, a special hospital run by the Department under the NHS Acts may be able to help with an adolescent patient who needs treatment under conditions of special security because of their dangerous, violent or criminal propensities.