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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1285, tabled on 3 February 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to ensure quicker access for children to child and adolescent mental health services.

Answered on

12 February 2020

We have committed to at least an additional 345,000 children and young people aged 0-25 being able to access mental health support by 2023/24.

Our Green Paper Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper aims to improve the provision of services for children. One of the key proposals of the Green Paper is to create new Mental Health Support Teams in and near groups of schools and colleges, to enable children to get timely support for mild to moderate conditions.

In December 2018, we announced 25 Trailblazer sites to run the first wave of 59 Mental Health Support Teams. In 12 of these areas we are also testing a four-week wait standard, exploring how Mental Health Support Teams and specialist services can work together to achieve more timely access to appropriate treatment.