Date lodged: 10 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what intensive psychiatric care facilities there are for children and young people, and what plans it has to increase provision.
Answered by: Clare Haughey 17 January 2019
The requirement for intensive psychiatric inpatient unit (IPCU) care for young people is a rare event. No dedicated IPCU beds for under 18s currently exist in Scotland so alternative arrangements are made, as appropriate to the individual situation, by clinicians on a case by case basis. These alternatives include admission to one of the regional specialist child and adolescent mental health units with tailored additional support and security, or admission to an adult IPCU with tailored additional support and clinical expertise.
Scottish Government has responded to the recommendation from the Mental Welfare Commission about the need for IPCU provision for under 18s by confirming that work on options will be taken forward as part of delivery of the Mental Health Strategy and the Child and Young Persons’ Mental Health Taskforce. In addition a National Secure CAMHS inpatient unit will be opening in 2020.