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.