‘Decent’ mental health service for children is a decade away, warns children’s commissioner

The Independent is reporting that the UK is at least a decade away from having a comprehensive mental health service for children, according to the children’s commissioner.

Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said there was a “chasm” between the services that were available for children and what they actually needed, adding that children’s mental health services were “the poor relation” in terms of NHS funding. Currently adults receive £225 per head while children receive just £92.

The report also reveals a postcode lottery in care across the country. In four areas, Southwark, Croydon, Corby and Lambeth, 90 per cent of children referred for help received treatment.

Despite this, just 3 per cent of youngsters were referred for help last year, around one in four of the children with a diagnosable mental health condition.

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