60% of Children Referred to CAMHS not Receiving Treatment

Data obtained by Spurgeons Children’s Charity shows that 60% of under-18s whose GP refers them to Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services don’t receive treatment. Whilst the number of children needing mental health support is rising, thresholds for receiving treatment are also rising and children dealing with issues like self-harm are turned away for not being in severe enough need. Spurgeon’s has set up a service for children who self-harm but who don’t have a diagnosis that would enable them to access NSH services.