Children and young people with complex mental health needs are increasingly being cared for within specialist mental health care settings, either in the community or in in-patient facilities. With rapid social developments, it can be difficult for carers and practitioners to keep track of the law in this area.This book provides a guide to the law relating to mental health care for children and young people, their rights and entitlement to service, and discusses important issues in clinical and social care practice such as parental responsibility, Gillick competency and capacity, emergency intervention and detention, assessment of mental illness and confidentiality in practice. A chapter written by Mary Mitchell considers the diagnosis and management of complex mental illness in young people, and a concluding chapter discusses changes in the law.Jargon-free and accessibly written, this is an invaluable guide for professionals working in child and adolescent health and social care, social workers, youth workers, social welfare policy makers, medical professionals, teachers, educational professionals and students, as well as advocates for children and young people.
Preface. Part One: The Law. 1. Human Rights. 2. The Children Act. 3. Secure Accommodation. 4. The Mental Health Act - Professionals, Relatives, Safeguards and Mental Disorder. 5. The Mental Health Act - Assessment, Detention, Treatment, Discharge and Other Orders. 6. Criminal Justice. 7. The Mental Capacity Act 2005. 8. Service Provision and Entitlement. Part Two: Practice Issues. 9. The Role and Function of the ASW. Wendy Whitaker, Approved Social Worker and Senior Practitioner, Gerald Russell Eating Disorders Unit, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, UK. 10. The Diagnosis and Management of Complex Mental Illness. Dr Mary Mitchell, Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Leigh House Adolescent Hospital, Winchester, UK. Part Three: Problem Areas. 11. Confidentiality. 12. Young People, Consent, Refusal and Psychiatric Treatment. Appendix 1: Further Reading. Appendix 2: Extracts from LAC (99)29. Appendix 3: MCA Code of Practice Chapter. Appendix 4. MHA Code of Practice Chapter. References. Index.