Additional £25m allocated for children’s mental health

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The government has allocated an additional £25 million to mental health services for children.

Around £149 million was awarded to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) throughout the country this year in order to improve this area of healthcare and this is expected to increase each year until 2020/21. CCGs are NHS-led groups which decide how government money should be spent on their local area’s health services. The government hopes that the extra £25 million will result in as many as 70,000 children having access to mental health treatment by 2020.

In order to access the additional funds, CCGs will be required to provide details of exactly how they intend to improve the average waiting time for treatment in their local area. The money is also expected to help such groups invest in staff training and home treatment so admissions to in-patient mental health wards are reduced.

Clare Murdoch is NHS England’s National Director for Mental Health. She claimed the additional funding represented “evidence that improving mental health services is an absolute priority for the NHS”.

She hoped that this year would see progress “being made on ensuring that children and young people with mental health needs are seen and treated as quickly and as close to home as possible”.

Earlier this year, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, claimed that more than a quarter of children who needed mental health treatment last year did not receive any help. Additionally, she insisted that the treatment available was “patchy, difficult to access and unresponsive”.

Back in January the NSPCC said the failings of NHS’ mental health treatment for children “shames our nation” as those who have experienced abuse can “languish for months and even years without support”.

Photo by Lance Shields via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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