Wednesday, May 18

Save the children: We see daily how children and young people fall between the chairs – News (Ekot)

– Yes, but it is of course extremely alarming that there are hundreds of employees missing. At Save the Children, we work to monitor, above all, vulnerable groups’ access to care. And we look above all at abused children’s access to support and treatment and we unfortunately see daily how children and young people fall between the cracks and do not get access to assessment and treatment.

There are several hundred employees in child and adolescent psychiatry in the country, according to a review by Ekot. These are mainly psychologists, nurses and specialist doctors.

An example is child and adolescent psychiatry in Strömstad, where all staff have resigned in the past year. Now the reception is without regular staff and children who, for example, need medical follow-up need to travel several miles to Uddevalla to get help. Some of the former employees tell P4 Väst that they quit because understaffing in combination with the increased search pressure made them not feel that they were enough.

The Swedish Psychological Association recognizes this development and is working on an investigation into why psychologists opt out of child and adolescent psychiatry and what needs to change for staff to remain. Kristina Taylor is chairman of the Swedish Psychological Association:

-We are working on doing a survey to find out a little more about what it is that makes them leave. Even though we do not yet have the figures and the systematic review, we know that the work environment is perhaps the big issue, it is also about resources, appointment and reasonable salaries.

The shortage of staff within BUP leads, among other things, to longer queues for children and young people who feel bad, according to operations managers in large parts of the country. And according to Sofia Bidö at Save the Children, it is the most resource-poor children who risk being trapped when Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is difficult to access.

– Now that it is so clear then that there will be a lack of resources, there is a great risk that to those who put the most pressure, that is, resourceful parents, who also get something when resources are scarce. So there is a risk that the already vulnerable children will not have access to care.

– Care is very unequal and fragmented today and difficult to access. Especially for children and parents who have difficulty bringing their case.

Victoria Gaunitz
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