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High court condemns lack of provisions in UK for suicidal teenager

Judge forced to send 16-year-old girl to unregulated placement due to lack of available NHS psychiatric intensive care beds Not a single secure bed wa

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Judge forced to send 16-year-old girl to unregulated placement due to lack of available NHS psychiatric intensive care beds

Not a single secure bed was available anywhere in the UK last week for a suicidal teenager, according to a high court ruling that highlights the chronic shortage of accommodation to support the country’s most vulnerable children.

Lord MacDonald said the lack of places – partly caused by Covid-19 restrictions – left him facing a “stark choice” either to send the 16-year-old girl to an unregulated placement – meaning she would not inspected – or into the community “where she will almost certainly cause herself possibly fatal harm”.

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