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One in five children rejected for mental health treatment, charity claims

One-fifth of all children referred to local NHS mental health services are rejected for treatment, according to the NSPCC.

The children’s charity obtained the figures from 35 mental health trusts in England. They showed that, of 186,453 cases referred by GPs and other professionals, 39,652 children did not receive help.

One in six children referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) who had problems associated with abuse or neglect was rejected for treatment, according to information provided by six mental health trusts, the NSPCC said.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: ’If children don’t receive the right kind of help and support following a disclosure, the damage can last a lifetime and include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or suicidal thoughts in adulthood.’

Pulse reported in January that NHS spending on child and adolescent mental health services had fallen by 6% in real terms since 2009/10, according to NHS England figures, which also showed that almost £50m less was spent on CAMHS in 2012/13 than in 2009/10.

 

Readers' comments (3)

  • Far higher in real world.

    Referral panel meets and rejects without seeing child with standard = panel has reviewed and assess as no long term enduring mental health problem, discharge with no help or advice back to GP care.

    No help for children in need nor for desperate parents. Just who is there to help other than dumping back to GP when referrals are rejected.

    Even reject those the paediatricians refer back to us asking for CAMHS review.

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  • I referred a child to CAMHS and mum informed me due to lack of professionals to offer CBT they cannot see the child.

    No assessment or initial consultation. The CBT was decided on my referral alone.

    This is absolutely disgraceful and hence the name given to mental health is that it is a Cinderella service.

    This is shockingly so bad that we just shrug our shoulders and apologise and move on.

    Feel sorry for parents and children who need access to vital services but not getting them.

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  • How sad it is that we have to have children in need of mental health care today ... but I guess it keep the drugs companies in business!

    Mental health care is always the first to have its budget cut, something the government needs to address.

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