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 steps he is taking to ensure that children and young people who need mental health support, including those who do not meet the thresholds for CAMHS are able to access timely support.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that children and young people who (a) do and (b) do not meet the thresholds for access to CAMHS are able to access timely mental health support.

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

We are introducing two waiting times for children and young people by the end of 2020/21: for 95% of children (up to 19 years old) with eating disorders to receive treatment within a week for urgent cases and four weeks for routine cases, and for 60% of patients of all ages experiencing a first episode of psychosis to receive treatment within two weeks of referral.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to an additional 345,000 children and young people in England accessing mental health support via National Health Service-funded mental health services and schools- and college-based mental health support teams each year by 2023/24

We are also piloting a four-week waiting time for children and young people’s mental health services in 12 areas to inform the development of a new national access and waiting times standard.

Where a local NHS children and young people’s specialist mental health service rejects a referral, the young person and/or their carers should be signposted to appropriate support elsewhere. On 8 September, the Government launched a mental wellbeing campaign for children and young people. This involves an extension of Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters webpage and signposts to a range of support available to children and young people and their parents and carers.

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