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Providing young psychiatric patients with community treatment makes them less likely to self-harm, a study has suggested. Intensive community care for adolescents with severe mental health disorders not only brought down the usage of inpatient beds, but reduced the likelihood of multiple episodes of self-harm by 82%. Researchers from South…
Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing trading games with a puppet. In the Ultimatum Game and Dictator Game, the children…
New research from the National Autistic Society suggests that autistic people are among the most isolated and lonely in the UK. The charity compared their new survey of almost 900 autistic people with the Government’s own data and the results indicate that autistic people are four times more likely to…
Early mental health interventions in primary schools, such as one-to-one mental health support from counsellors, could both improve life chances for children over their lifetime and generate significant economic benefits, according to an independent analysis, conducted by charity Pro Bono Economics, of charity Place2Be’s school-based mental health services. The study…
Offering youngsters mental health counselling in primary school could help to prevent pupils from skipping school, cut crime and lead to higher employment, according to a report. It concludes that early help, such as one-to-one mental health support, can help boost the life chances of children and bring economic benefits.…
Three quarters of child abuse allegations referred to police by a public inquiry have resulted in no further action. An interim report from the public inquiry into child sexual abuse revealed that as of March, 78% of the cases passed to the authorities could not be proceeded with. This was…
An anti-psychotic drug prescribed to a teenager caused him to suffer from a rare condition that was a "significant contributory factor" to his death, a coroner has said. The parents of Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, say they repeatedly told doctors that on "no account" was the 18-year-old to…
Save the Children's international chairman has resigned amid what he described as the "complex mix of challenges" facing the charity sector. Sir Alan Parker said he believed a change was needed, leading him to step down from his role eight months before his 10-year term was due to end. Sir…
Hans Asperger, the respected Austrian paediatrician whose name describes a form of high-functioning autism, actively assisted in the murder of disabled children by the Nazis, a new report claims. Asperger's Syndrome, marked by an impaired ability to interact socially with others, tends to affect people of average or above average…
Children and young people in the care system can spend many hours with an escort service, being taken to school, healthcare appointments, contact sessions with family members or being relocated to a new area. That experience can have a huge impact on their sense of self-worth and wellbeing, and being…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
The father of an autistic teenager who died after being prescribed antipsychotic medication has blamed the drug for his death and said his son would still be alive if "arrogant" doctors had listened to them. Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, who also suffered from epilepsy and learning difficulties, died…
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