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Mental Health Services: Waiting Lists

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average a child waited from initial assessment for mental health service therapeutic support in each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. (283292)

Information is not available in the form requested. However, the child and adolescent mental health services mapping data produced on behalf of the Department by Durham university shows that of a sample of 23,091 children in England who were waiting for mental health services in November 2007: 9,986 had waited less than four weeks; 7,797 from four to 13 weeks; 3,084 from 13 to 26 weeks; and 2,024 had waited more than 26 weeks.