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Access to children and young people’s mental health services: 2018

Authors: Whitney Crenna-Jennings and Jo Hutchinson

Based on prevalence estimates from 2004, only a quarter of children with a diagnosable mental health condition are currently in contact with CAMHS. The government’s target of 70,000 additional children in treatment would increase this to a third. Meanwhile, evidence suggests the prevalence of mental health difficulties among children and young people has risen over the last 15 years.

This report is the third in an annual series providing results from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to providers of specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in England. We report on indicators of access to specialist services in the latest year, and, for the first time, on changes to support services provided by local authorities (LAs) for children with mental health difficulties who are not accessing specialist treatment.