SPENDING on children’s mental health services in England has fallen in more than a third of areas, a report reveals.
Kids needing basic treatments to stop “low-level” problems like anxiety developing into more serious illnesses face a “postcode lottery” of provision.
Getty – Contributor New report reveals spending on children’s mental health services has fallen in more than a third of areas in England
The help can include online counselling, drop-in centres and school nurses.
Researchers said £226million was allocated in 2018/19, just over £14 per child.
Half comes from local authorities and half from NHS sources.
Some 58 per cent of areas said spending rose between 2016/17 and 2018/19 yet 37 per cent saw a fall.
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High-spending areas, such as London, masked a larger proportion of low-spending areas.
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said: “This report reveals for the first time the postcode lottery facing the increasing number of children with low-level mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
“The children . . . aren’t asking for intensive inpatient therapeutic treatment, they just want to be able to talk to a counsellor about their worries and to be offered advice on how to stop their problems turning into a crisis.”
Getty – Contributor Kids in need of low-level treatment for problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders are facing a ‘postcode lottery’ in provision
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