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Psychotherapists warn against describing the needs of children with mental health problems as “low level”

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 12 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1780
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Services provided in the community to children and young people with mental health needs should not be described as “low level,” psychotherapists have pointed out after the children’s commissioner described them this way.

Many children and young people seen in the community have complex mental health needs that require skill and experience to manage and complicated networks of care, the Association of Child Psychotherapists says.

The report that the children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, published this week found that just over £14 (€16.30; $18.30) a child is spent by local authorities and the NHS in England on preventive “low level” mental health support, and …

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