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When inpatient CAMHS or an alternative is not available, adolescents who

require hospital admission have been admitted to an adult ward. Table 2

provides an overview of the young people in the Northern area who have

been admitted to an adult ward within an 30 month period. The Northern

Trust has admitted the youngest person, aged 14, to an adult ward.

The total number of ECRs from the Northern Trust was four. Children and

young people were admitted to specialist facilities outside Northern Ireland,

in the absence of appropriate service provision to meet their needs. These

were reported to be for complex behavioural difficulties, specialist drug

assessment and personality disorder assessment. Waiting time prior to

commencement of ECR treatment ranged from 20 to 32 weeks. The

average ECR length of admission was 97 weeks.

The Northern Trust received a low level of complaints for CAMHS. The

response from the user consultation in the Northern Trust indicated that

young people were not aware how to make a complaint. However, the

consultation highlighted that parents were more likely to be aware of the

complaints procedure.

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