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Only one in every £10 spent on mental health care goes to helping children

Only one in every £10 spent on mental health care goes to helping children, as watchdog reveals huge shortages in available treatment for youngsters

  • £1 in ten of state spending meant to help those with difficulties goes on children
  • And the NHS appears far more concerned about adults, a report said 
  • On average NHS spends £225 for each person in the country on mental health 
  • But that’s only for adults, with less than half of that, £92, for each child

A million children who need help for mental health problems get only a fraction of the money spent on adults, a watchdog said yesterday.

Only £1 in every ten of state spending meant to help those with difficulties goes on children, it said.

And the NHS appears far more concerned about adults, a report said.

The analysis by the Children’s Commissioner for England found that on average the NHS spends £225 for each person in the country on mental health treatment for adults, but less than half of that, £92, for each child.

Only £1 in every ten of state spending meant to help those with difficulties goes on children, a watchdog said yesterday

The Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said there was ‘a chasm between what children need and what is being provided.

‘More children are seeking help for their mental health and the Government need to make sure that help is available. We are still a decade away from a decent mental health service for all children.’

She added: ‘It is not clear whether national and local government and the NHS is facing up to the scale of problems. There is still no commitment to a counsellor in every school.’

Miss Longfield’s report noted that around one in eight children in England aged between five and 19 – roughly a million – have mental problems serious enough to be medically diagnosed.

It said help for children with eating disorders has improved but nothing is being done for those with mild conditions that may get much worse later.

 

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