10 Jan 2020

The Children's Society responds to the Education Policy Institute (EPI) Annual Report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).  

Richard Crellin, Policy Manager at The Children’s Society, said:   

“Even though there has been a fall in national average waiting times for young people accessing treatment, they are still double the government’s four week standard. These findings are echoed in the stories young people tell us in our frontline services as well as in our own research. Last year we found that over 100,000 10-17 year olds get turned away from mental health services each year and some children have to wait for up to a year for treatment. No child should have to wait that long for help when they are struggling every day and often becoming more unwell.  

“The mental health provision for vulnerable groups is deeply concerning, as is the lack of help for children transitioning from CAMHS to adult services, young people can fall through the cracks and not receive mental health support when they desperately need it. If these issues aren’t addressed and if we don’t intervene earlier with investment in community mental health centres that offer immediate support, we risk failing these young people and especially those that are the most vulnerable.” 

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Notes to Editors

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