Children’s mental healthcare

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a briefing setting out the support children with mental health needs receive from the NHS in England. Findings include: the overwhelming majority of NHS children’s mental health spending goes towards those with the most severe needs; the current system for providing children’s mental health care is not transparent or accountable; and a discrepancy between children’s and adult’s mental health. Recommendations include: the government’s forthcoming green paper on mental health should set out clear expectations as to what a child can expect in terms of mental health support, and which bodies are responsible for providing this support.

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England  Date: 09 October 2017

Further information: Children’s mental healthcare in England (PDF)