To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of child and adolescent mental health services for children who require emergency mental health assessment and support;
(2) how he plans to ensure that tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services appropriate for children with autism are available to all children who require them.
The Department monitors the availability of 24 hour cover to meet the urgent mental health needs of children and young people through the Vital Signs Monitoring Return. The latest available figures, for the quarter ending
Appropriate tier 4 CAMHS should be available to all children who require them, including children with autism. We are committed to improving the quality of services to patients. We will establish an independent national health service board to allocate resources and provide commissioning guidelines and will ensure that there is a stronger voice for patients locally.