Alliance policies: Children and Young People

We believe that the lack of safeguards in the 1983 Act for young people detained in mental health hospitals is unacceptable. Young people aged 16 and 17 should be able to agree to or refuse treatment for mental disorder, and their decision should not be able to be overridden by parental consent. Under 16 year olds who are treated under parental authority should be entitled to a range of safeguards including the right to appeal to the tribunal and the right to a written care plan. We are disappointed that the Government has decided to not to amend the 1983 Act to reflect these concerns.

In addition we believe that mental health legislation should:

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