Most children with mental health issues treated outside home area

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Nearly 70 per cent of children with mental health problems only receive treatment outside their home regions new figures reveal.

The percentage has increased sharply in just 12 months, from 57 to 69 per cent according to the NHS statistics, which were released following a freedom of information request by the British Medical Association (BMA).

The jump in the number of children being treated for mental health issues a significant distance from their homes was a cause for alarm said Dr Gary Wannan of the BMA.

“It can be an incredible wrench for children to leave their homes and being based far away is not going to help a young person in crisis.”

He called on the NHS to do more to ensure that the limited funding avaiable gets through to local services “so they can make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.”

Photo by Francis Vallance (Heritage Warrior) via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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dr.manhattan - May 12, 2017 at 11:39am

children in the care of LAs dont seem to be getting any access to mental health services. our son is proof of this. Even NYAS tried to have our son referred to them but the SS declined.
PLace2be are also a mental health charity group supposedly working with troubled children including those in care. our son started working with them at his school in Nov 2015. to this day they have denied all access to what he has been revealing to them. they even denied a FOi request. they claim all information collected from the child is confidential and cant be shared with parents yet they state the opposite on their website stating they have regular meetings with parents to discuss their worries etc. we have done nothing wrong yet Place2be and the school have completely shut us out. why isnt the Govnt doing anything about this systematic abuse of parents and children. cover ups are widespread within Local authorities and nothing is being done about it. in our city the LA have their own law outside the UK law and they just keep getting away with it.

Andrew - May 13, 2017 at 5:47pm

So the right facilities should be there just where they are when they are wanted?
As the late and much lamented Tommy Cooper would have said: Just like that!

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