In 2009 The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services report found that there were serious failings in the way in which children and young people with mental health problems were being treated. Four years on and it appears few lessons have been learned, as evidenced in a damning report from Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office
Despite the concerns expressed in the 2009 report it seems there has been only limited progress and many of the safety issues highlighted still exist.
As reported by Wales Online young people are still being inappropriately admitted to adult mental health wards, and measures to reduce the risks faced by young people in these circumstances have not been completely successful.
There are only two specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health units in Wales which results in patients having to be treated away from their home area which makes it more difficult for them and their families.
The article quotes the Auditor General for Wales, Huw Vaughan Thomas as saying:
"Despite the steps taken to address the safety concerns raised in the 2009 report, children and young people continue to be put at risk. The Welsh Government therefore needs to take a stronger grip to ensure that health boards are designing and delivering services which protect children and young people and minimise the risks to them."
It is not the only area that they need to take a stronger grip on.