To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long (a) children and (b) looked-after children waited to gain access to mental health services on average in each of the last five years.
Information is not collected in the format requested. The most recent information available is from the 2005 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) mapping exercise. In November 2005, there were 26,207 children and young people waiting to be seen by specialist CAMHS in England, a reduction of 2,674 from the previous year.
In November 2005 52 per cent. of new cases were seen by specialist CAMHS within four weeks, an additional 33 per cent. within 13 weeks, and a further 10 per cent. within 26 weeks. 5 per cent. of children and young people waited over 26 weeks to be seen by specialist CAMHS. In 2002 only 24 per cent. of new cases were seen within four weeks and just over 50 per cent. were seen with 13 weeks.