To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that referrals to child mental health units from primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by almost 50 per cent in the last three years.
No formal assessment has been made as comparable data is not available at a national level.
Referral data for children and young people’s mental health services is published by NHS Digital in the Mental Health Services Dataset since 2017. This shows that in 2017/18 there were 259,615 new referrals to children and young people’s mental health services for people aged 0-18 and 381,528 new referrals for the same in 2018/19.
The number of providers supplying data has increased in 2018/19 and so a direct comparison between the two years is not possible.