In England the NHS publishes statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Unfortunately, because many hospitals do not report their use of ECT, the statistics only pick up a fraction of ECT used, probably about a fifth to a quarter.
The statistics for April 2015 to March 2016 show that ECT was given to at least one child in the age range 5 to 9 years. This is unusual for England, where recently published accounts of the use of ECT on young people have revealed small numbers of children over the age of 12 receiving treatment, but not children as young as 5 to 9. The NHS statistics for the two previous years show ECT was used on at least one child aged 10 to 14 each year.
Next Saturday BBC World News is broadcasting a programme about the use of ECT in the United States on children diagnosed as autistic.