Access to child and adolescent mental health services in 2019

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Date of publication:  10 Jan 2020 Author:  Whitney Crenna-Jennings Jo Hutchinson Publisher:  Education Policy Institute Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

Research by the Education Policy Institute has found that 133,000 young people referred to specialist mental health services in England were rejected in 2018-19.

The study examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for the most vulnerable children in England.

Key findings of the report: 

  • One in four children (26%) referred to specialist mental health services in England were rejected in 2018-19. Young people unable to access services include those who have self-harmed, experienced abuse, or have conditions such as eating disorders.
  • Rejection rates vary considerably across the country from 17% in London to 28% int in the Midlands, East and South.
  • Average waiting times for treatment are two months – twice the government’s target. In some areas of England, it is as long as six months.
  • The government is unlikely to succeed in meeting its national CAMHS waiting time target of four weeks by 2022-23.
Total number of pages: 
32
Country(s) this content is relevant to: 
United Kingdom

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