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Review finds too many young people 'find it difficult to access mental health services'
Added: 27th Oct 2017

Children and young people face long waiting times and difficulty in accessing mental health services, a review by the Care Quality Commission has found.

Public Health England estimates that only 25 per cent of children and young people who need treatment for a mental health problem are able to access it.

The CQC has rated 39 per cent (26 services) of specialist community child and adolescent mental health services as requires improvement and one service as inadequate against CQC’s 'responsive’ key question, which looks at whether people access care and treatment in a timely way.

Responding to the initial review, Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, says: “It is quite shameful that three quarters of children with mental health problems are unable to access care and treatment that is vital for their prospects of recovery.

“Given the majority of mental health problems develop in childhood and adolescence, this abject failure risks condemning generation upon generation to avoidable anguish and suffering.

“Yet despite government commitments to increase spending on children’s services, 40 per cent of mental health trusts cut their budget last year. This review outlines the extent of a problem we have long been aware of, and children and young people still have nowhere to turn to when in crisis.”

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