Children's mental health services in England 'unable to meet demand'

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Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner, says capacity is far less than needed to cope with effect of the pandemic

Mental health services in England do not have the capacity to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children, Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, has warned.

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Despite an expansion in the four years before the pandemic, the supply of treatment for child mental health problems was already falling well short of demand, with referrals rising 35%, but treatments only increasing by 4%, the watchdog said as she called for a “rocket boost” in funding.

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