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Mental Health Services: Young Offender Institutions

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 678W, on young offenders: mental health services, how many young offenders at each institution were referred to (a) acute and (b) non-acute local child and adolescent mental health services in each year from 2002 to 2009. (323942)

The information is not collected centrally.

Transfer of the responsibility for commissioning health services in young offender institutions, and adult prisons in England, was fully devolved to the national health service by April 2006. NHS primary care trusts work with their partner establishments to develop a comprehensive health needs assessment of the population and commission on the basis of that need.

All young offender institutions in England holding under-18s have access to comprehensive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as defined in the National Service Framework (NSF) for children.

The document “Promoting Mental Health for children held in secure settings: A Framework for Commissioning Services” (DH March 2007) was developed to support primary care trusts with custodial units in their area to plan, commission and deliver requirements as per the Children’s NSF.