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Barriers for mental health services for children and adolescents are too high, finds regulator

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1093
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Mental health services for children and adolescents in England are not working well, the Care Quality Commission has said in a new report.

Schools, local authorities, and the NHS are not working together as well as they might, and the barriers to getting care are unacceptably high, the report said. “You shouldn’t have to be suicidal to get an appointment” was the succinct summary of one service user quoted.1

Despite recent commitments to better funding and government proposals to establish mental health teams in schools, the report said that these would not be enough to achieve the scale of change needed. It made a series of recommendations, including closer collaboration between agencies, a higher priority for children’s mental health, “innovative approaches based on local need,” better quality data, and the greater …

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