Children forced to travel hundreds of miles for NHS mental health treatment

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Exclusive: NHS England figures reveal some under-18s sent as far as 285 miles for inpatient services

Children and young people with serious mental health problems are receiving treatment as far as 285 miles away from their homes, despite a pledge to end such practice, because bed shortages in some areas are so severe.

Experts say sending highly troubled under-18s to units far from their family and friends can be frightening for them, reduces their chances of recovery and increases their risk of self-harm.

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