Rise in number of schools asking for mental health support for children

Rise in number of schools asking for mental health support for children

Rise in number of schools asking for mental health support for children

In the east of England, schools made 7,881 referrals to CAMHS, but nearly a third of these were deemed ineligible for treatment.

THE number of referrals by schools seeking mental health treatment for troubled pupils has shot up by over a third in the last three years.

Overall, the number of referrals to CAMHS has steadily increased each year since 2014/15, reaching 34,757 in 2017/18 - the equivalent of 183 every school day in England.

In nearly a third of referrals for which data is available, children were denied specialist treatment from Child and Adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS).

It says community and voluntary services such as Childline are picking up the pieces in many cases and the government must plough more cash into them.

She said the county's CAMHS service did deliver a good service but that waiting lists were too long and by the time children were seen many were at 'crisis point'.

The NSPCC sent freedom of information requests to 66 NHS trusts, to which 53 responded with at least some of the data sought. "It should be no different for mental health issues". It found that 123,713 referrals have been made since 2014-15.

Two Yorkshire directors have joined forces to encourage business leaders across the region to realise the importance of "essential workplace mental health awareness training" as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018.

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In 2016, 307 Lincolnshire pupils were referred to the specialist service.

'But only a system-wide overhaul of agencies concerned with children's mental health will allow us to identify children developing mental health problems (including behavioural disorders) and allow for assessment of need and appropriate multi-agency support, thus preventing them from getting to crisis point.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said members had reported a surge in the number of patients with emotional and behavioural difficulties, often after being rejected by Camhs.

However, three-quarters (77 per cent) of workers said the support of an effective manager helped with their management of stress and mental wellbeing. It is vital that Government urgently provides more funding to Childline and help children who don't have access to support elsewhere'.

"We must make sure that Childline is adequately funded so it isn't left vulnerable and can be there for the children who have nowhere else to turn".

The number of referrals to mental health services in Herts and Cambs is on the rise.

"The statistics suggest that stress looms large for the British workforce, which - as a country of employers - is something we need to address", said Oliver Shaw, chief executive at Cascade.

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