Eating Disorders: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th March 2021.

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Photo of Scott Benton Scott Benton Conservative, Blackpool South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Access and Waiting Time Standard for Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that those standards are being met in each region in England.

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

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with regional teams as well as community eating disorder services and commissioners to manage demand and support teams. The data shows that community eating disorder services continue to expand access to treatment to increasing number of children and young people and their families.

On 5 March 2021, we announced £79 million of funding for to expand mental health support for children and young people in 2021/22. This includes funding to treat an additional 2,000 children and young people with eating disorders. This is in addition to the new early intervention services to open in 18 sites across the country for 16 to 25 year olds, announced in November 2020.

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