These figures are shocking:
In England last year, more than 200 under 18s who suffered a mental health crisis were held in police cells instead of being taken to health based places of safety.
These children were locked up due to staff shortages and lack of appropriate facilities.
Good on health minister Norman Lamb for saying:
It is not acceptable for a youngster needing mental health care to be taken to a police station and I want to stamp this out for good.
I’m determined to improve care for anyone in crisis, which I why I’ve asked every local area to sign our national agreement by the end of this year. Some areas are already leading the way but others have work to do and this week I’ve written to them with a personal appeal for action.
You can back his campaign here.