We surveyed impatient mental health ward managers, and spoke to staff and children in two wards to see how Covid-19 and lockdown has affected their hospital experiences childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/report/inpatie…
71% of in-patient mental health wards stopped children from having visits from their parents during lockdown. In some cases this lasted for three months. One child told us how hard it was that "everyone else can hug their parents, but I can’t"
Although all children in these wards are vulnerable, many education providers stopped attending – leaving already over-stretched nurses having to provide education as well
Some wards managed to keep education and family visits going throughout lockdown – often working incredibly hard to do so – to keep things as normal for children as possible. Other wards must learn from those that managed to do this safely.
In the event of any future lockdowns, @NHSEngland should share this best practice in new guidance on expectations for mental health providers ensuring that children can see their families, access education, and get the support they need.

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16 May 19
Our new report published today shines a light on the hundreds of children in England who are locked up in institutions across the country. childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2019/05/16/alm…
The report, “Who are they? Where are they? Children locked up” gathers together for the first time all the data currently available about some of the most vulnerable children in England.
There were 1,465 children in England securely detained in 2018, of whom 873 were in held in youth justice settings, 505 were in mental health wards and 87 were in secure children’s homes for their own welfare - though this number is likely to be an underestimate due to data gaps.
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