Mental health review

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a briefing on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) provision, analysing spending, numbers receiving treatment, waiting times, and number of children not accepted into treatment. Data was obtained from the NHS Five-Year Forward View Dashboard and the Mental Health Services Data Set (MHSDS) for the financial year 2017/18. Key findings include: less than 3 per cent of children in England accessed CAMHS last year; of over 338,000 children referred to CAMHS last year, less than a third (31 per cent) received treatment within the year, another 37 per cent were not accepted into treatment or were discharged after an assessment and 32 per cent were still on the waiting list at the end of the year.

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England  Date: 22 November 2018

Further information: Children’s mental health briefing: a briefing by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (PDF)