Child placed in mental health unit more than 50 miles from home

The case of 13 year-old Maisie is told in today’s Guardian newspaper. Maisie’s home is in Hull, yet she has been staying in a mental health unit in Sheffield for the past four months.

There used to be specialist provision for children just a mile away from Maisie’s home, but this was closed in April 2013.

Before this Sheffield place was found, Maisie spent a month in a different unit 130 miles away. She was just 12. Her mother made a five-hour daily trip to see Maisie, who was often extremely distressed.

Here you can sign the online petition for the Hull service to be reinstated.