Ex-bishop claims mar­ket forces putting at-risk teens in dan­ger

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS - By Ju­dith Duffy PO­LIT­I­CAL EDI­TOR

The Gov­ern­ment should fund more se­cure spa­ces for men­tal­lyvul­ner­a­ble teenagers as up to half of Scot­land’s units are full of English teenagers, ac­cord­ing to a land­mark re­port.

The re­view re­leased last week con­firmed The Sun­day Post re­ports that Scots young peo­ple are be­ing put be­hind bars be­cause coun­cil-run se­cure care units are forced to take in young peo­ple from Eng­land and Wales for the money.

William Lind­say, 16, should have been sent into se­cure care but took his own life in Pol­mont Young Of­fend­ers’ In­sti­tu­tion af­ter be­ing taken off sui­cide watch on Oc­to­ber 7. to them­selves and to oth­ers rep­re­sents an in­cen­tive to place young peo­ple in need and in trou­ble in prison, rather than a ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment.

“The tragic and un­nec­es­sary death of young William Lind­say un­der­scores the per­ils of the present sys­tem.”

Paul Car­berry, di­rec­tor of Ac­tion for Chil­dren Scot­land, said the in­quiry – a “fol­low-up” to the 1964 Kil­bran­don re­port which led to the cre­ation of the Chil­dren’s Hear­ing Sys­tem – had high­lighted an im­por­tant is­sue.

He said: “It is about say­ing there are kids on our doorstep who we should be pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said ar­range­ments had been in place for “cross-bor­der place­ments” in se­cure units for a num­ber of years.

A spokesman said there is “no clear ev­i­dence” sup­port­ing young peo­ple from Eng­land pre­vented those in Scot­land be­ing ad­mit­ted.

He added: “It is the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s duty to pro­vide, or make pro­vi­sion for, se­cure care.

“Place­ments are of­ten filled and va­cated on an emer­gency ba­sis and so the po­si­tion is very dy­namic.

“We would ex­pect lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to con­tact all providers to ver­ify re­al­time avail­abil­ity, and to no­tify the con­tract man­ager and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment if they are hav­ing dif­fi­culty in plac­ing a young per­son.” William was a wee lost boy

William Lind­say took his own life af­ter be­ing taken off sui­cide watch

Pol­mont, where teenager died

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