Publication date: 13 Dec, 2018
Almost all of these admissions were to adult wards, with five admissions to general paediatric wards.
The continued lack of intensive psychiatric care facilities in Scotland for children and young people is also highlighted in the report.
Colin McKay, chief executive of the Mental Welfare Commission, said:
Fourteen of the children and young people admitted to non-specialist wards were treated in an adult IPCU, including five who were under the age of 16.
The report gives a breakdown of admission by health board.
Notes to Editors:
Health boards have a legal duty to provide age-appropriate services and accommodation. There are three specialist units for inpatient treatment for children and young people - Skye House in Glasgow which covers the west of Scotland, the Young People's Unit in Edinburgh which covers the east of the country, and Dudhope House in Dundee which takes patients from the north of Scotland.
In some cases admission to a non-specialist ward may be regarded as the best option for the child or young person, for example, where the admission is for a short period only, and the alternative would means being transferred a long distance from home.
The Commission's figures are a record of all admissions reported to us by health boards. The Commission only includes admissions of one full day or more, and does not include admissions for medical treatment of self harm or alcohol/drug misuse.