Inspectors warn Birmingham’s mental health services for children and young people need ‘urgent improvements’

Full story in the Birmingham Mail, 27 February 2018

Children, teenagers and young adults with mental health problems in Birmingham are “at risk of harm” because services are inadequate, official inspectors have warned.

A number of “urgent improvements” are needed to city services according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Publishing the findings of an inspection, it warned: “Patients were at risk of harm because systems and processes were not in place to keep them safe.”

The CQC looked at specialist community mental health services for children and young people provided by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust is the main provider of mental health services for people aged up to 25 across the city.

It provides services from four centres known as hubs in the north, south, east and west of Birmingham.