Updated at 11am
A YOUNG GIRL who was seeking an abortion was detained in a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act at the end of last year.
The case has been published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project which looks at how children are treated in our legal system.
In this case the girl and her mother thought they were being transferred to Dublin for a termination when the girl was admitted.
A consultant psychiatrist, on whose evidence she was detained, said a termination was “not the solution for all the child’s problems at this stage.”
The psychiatrist was of the opinion that the child was at risk of self harm and suicide as a result of the pregnancy and this could be managed by treatment.
The girl’s guardian ad litem – a person who supports children to have their voices heard in legal proceedings and makes an assessment – employed a second consultant psychiatrist.
The second consultant …