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‘Chasm’ exists between current levels of mental health services and what children need

Children’s Commissioner published third annual children’s mental health briefing

Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England, has published her third annual children's mental health briefing, The state of children's mental health services. The report shines a light on the provision of Children and Young People's Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) for the hundreds of thousands of children who need help, support and treatment. The briefing also looks ahead to assess whether current Government plans go far enough to meet demand.

This year's briefing shows that the NHS has made tangible progress in the provision of mental health services for children, with an extra £60m invested in specialist children's mental health services and an additional 53,000 children entering treatment. Nevertheless, the current system is still far away from adequately meeting the needs of all of the estimated 12.8 per cent of children in England with mental health problems – or the many more children who fall just below the threshold for clinical diagnosis. The Children's Commissioner welcomes the significant progress made to CYPMHS, but warns that a chasm remains between the current levels of NHS services and what children need.

The Children's Commissioner's research shows:

For the briefing, click here.