The Education Policy Institute (EPI) today (Friday 10 January) publishes its annual report into access to children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in England.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, commented: “School leaders believe that the capacity of children’s and young people’s mental health services is insufficient to support the children referred to them, particularly at an early stage.
“Schools need sufficient children’s mental health services to be available to offer the support and intervention that a wide range of pupils need. Teachers are on the frontline for children’s mental health, but they are not qualified medical specialists. Where schools consider that a pupil’s needs go beyond their experience and expertise, their role is to refer those pupils to other professionals to address those needs, and they should be able to expect timely and effective support.
“We know that early intervention is vital when it comes to mental health. There must be sufficient capacity to provide early intervention and support for children and families in addition to services for those in crisis.
“The access to and quality of children’s mental health services across the country must be consistent. All children deserve timely and high-quality support and treatment when they need it; this should not be a postcode lottery.”
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