Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th October 2020.

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Photo of Jonathan Gullis Jonathan Gullis Conservative, Stoke-on-Trent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on waiting lists for CAMHS.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of covid-19 on waiting lists for CAMHS.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Whilst a national access and waiting time standard for children and young people’s mental health services has not yet been defined, we recognise that there is the potential for an increase in demand for these services as a result of COVID-19. We are working with the Department for Education, the National Health Service, Public Health England and others to gather evidence and assess the potential longer-term mental health impacts of COVID-19, including on children and young people.

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