To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper, published by his Department in December 2017, what progress he has made on the pilot of four week waiting time access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
24 November 2020
We have made good progress on, and remain committed to, carrying out the Green Paper’s core proposals, including piloting a four-week waiting time to access specialist National Health Service children and young people’s mental health services.
In 2018 we announced the first 25 trailblazer sites delivering 59 mental health support teams in and near schools and colleges. Twelve of the trailblazer sites are also testing four-week waiting times specialist NHS services, and they will deliver a recommendation for the phased introduction of an access and waiting time standard for children and young people’s mental health.