Widespread cuts in children and young people’s mental health services
Analysis released today by YoungMinds, the leading children and young people’s mental health charity, has revealed that millions of pounds have been cut from children and young people’s mental health services in the last year.
Research undertaken by YoungMinds into the responses of 165 Clinical Commissioning Groups, 97 local authorities and 37 Mental Health Trusts from Freedom of Information requests has revealed that there has been a significant amount cut in CAMHS budgets in the last year.
Further analysis from YoungMinds reveals:
- 75% of Mental Health Trusts have frozen/cut their budgets between 2013/14 and 2014/15
- 67% of CCGs have frozen/cut their budgets between 2013/14 and 2014/15
- 65% of Local Authorities have frozen/cut their budgets between 2013/14 and 2014/15
- Over 1 in 5 Local Authorities have either frozen or cut their CAMHS budgets every year since 2010.
It has been estimated that the tens of millions in cuts equates to almost 2,000 staff that could otherwise be supporting mental health problems across the UK.
Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, says:
Our research once again shows a disturbing picture of disinvestment at a local level in children and young people’s mental health services. For children, young people, parents and professionals it is tremendously frustrating that for all the action at a national level, on the ground, where help is delivered, services are under enormous pressure.
This disinvestment has to stop. We have a clear agenda set out by the Department of Health and NHS England in the recent report of the Children’s Mental Health Taskforce to transform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Local health bodies need to seize this opportunity so that the thousands of children and their families desperately struggling get the help they need and deserve”