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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49140, tabled on 14 September 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on defining a national access and waiting times standard for child and adolescent mental health services.

Answered on

28 September 2021

The National Health Service is piloting a four-week waiting time standard for access to specialist mental health treatment for children and young people in twelve areas of England. Based on these pilots, NHS England and NHS Improvement have consulted on a new waiting time standard for children and young people presenting to community-based mental health services, to receive care within four weeks from referral. This consultation closed on 1 September 2021 and the outcomes will inform a recommendation on implementation to Government in due course.