Child Mental Health Referrals 'up 26% '
The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by 26% over the past five years, Education Policy Institute( EPI) research suggests.
Its report also uncovers one in four referrals was either repudiated or deemed inappropriate for treatment.
Out of 60 providers questioned, 54 gave a response.
The Department of Health said it was investing an additional PS1. 4bn into mental health services for children.
The figures, shared with BBC Radio 5 live Investigates, were compiled utilizing Freedom of Information( FOI) requests submitted to child and adolescent mental health services( Camhs) and local authorities in England.
Some providers in England were unable to give the full information requested – 33 supplied data about numbers of referrals over five years.
Based on these figures, mental health referrals for under 18 s increased from 157,000 in 2013 -1 4 to 198,280 in 2017 -1 8.
According to data from more providers – 50 in total – for 2017 -1 8 alone, children and adolescent mental health referrals topped 264,000.