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Children's Mental Health Services 'in crisis' says Barnardo's

Release Date: 22 Nov 2018

The Government needs greater ambition and resourcing for children's mental health services says Barnardo’s as new figures reveal ‘unacceptable’ waiting times.

Figures highlighted by the Children’s Commissioner for England show more than a third of children referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) last year were not admitted into specialist treatment or were discharged after an assessment appointment.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

It’s unacceptable that more than two thirds of children referred to mental health services are waiting a year or more for treatment. We’re no longer headed for a crisis, we’re already there.

So we’re calling on the Government to be far more ambitious in this area. The Mental Health Green Paper doesn’t go nearly far enough, as 75% of children in England will see no improvement in five years. We need much greater ambition and resource.

It’s vital that a proportion of the £20.5billion earmarked for the NHS long-term plan is spent on children’s mental health. This should include early intervention, including in schools, to prevent children reaching crisis point.

The comments come just hours before NHS Digital releases the first prevalence survey of children’s mental health since 2004.

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