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Children’s mental healthcare is ‘postcode lottery’

Release Date: 22 Mar 2017

Children’s mental health services are failing to meet their NHS targets and receiving effective care is a ‘postcode lottery’, according to a damning report.

The findings by the Education Policy Institute think tank include three quarters of local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) failing to meet NHS England’s own targets for service improvement.

And despite Government policy stating that no one under 18 should be treated on an adult ward, according to the EPI’s analysis of NHS figures, children spent a total of 2654 nights on an adult ward between July and September 2016.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

“This deeply alarming report shows what a postcode lottery children’s mental health treatment is in England.

“It is simply unacceptable that three quarters of local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) failed to meet NHS England’s own targets for service improvement, which include having 24/7 access to mental health crisis care.

“Every day we support children with mental health issues, like care leavers. To tackle the problem Barnardo’s wants the Government to commit to spending some of the £1.4bn promised for children's mental health to help these vulnerable young people.”

“Without support mental health issues can escalate having a deep impact on the lives of children and those around them.”


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