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Mental Health Services: Children

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for young people to see child and adolescent mental health services staff in the last three years for which data are available. (130271)

Information is not collected in the format requested. The most recent information available is from the 2005 child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) mapping exercise. In November 2005, there were 26,207 children and young people waiting to be seen by specialist CAMHS in England, a reduction of 2,674 from the previous year.

In November 2005 52 per cent. of new cases were seen by specialist CAMHS within four weeks, an additional 33 per cent. within 13 weeks, and a further 10 per cent. within 26 weeks. Five per cent. of children and young people waited over 26 weeks to be seen by specialist CAMHS.