Improving Children And Young People’s Mental Health Services

This report by the National Audit Office looks at the issues of parity of esteem between physical and mental health services for children and young people. It says that even if current initiatives are delivered as intended, there would remain significant unmet need for mental health services amongst young people.

The government’s current work to improve mental health support for children and young people is an important but modest step towards achieving its longer term aspirations. It includes initiatives to increase the proportion of children and young people who need support accessing NHS-funded mental health services from around 25% to 35%, estimated to be equivalent to treating an additional 70,000 children and young people per year, between 2015-16 and 2020-21. This reflects the Department’s assessment of what is possible within current funding and staffing constraints. 

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