Sharp rise under-11s referred for mental health help

May 14, 2018 by

from BBC News:

There has been a sharp rise in the number of children under 11 referred for mental health treatment by schools in the last four years, figures show.

Data obtained by children’s charity the NSPCC shows that schools in England have made a total of 123,713 referrals for specialist help since 2014-15.

But more than half of these came from primary schools. The youngest child referred for help was three years old.

The government says its reforms will transform services for children.

The figures were released under Freedom of Information laws to the NSPCC by 53 of the 66 health trusts known to provide mental health support to children.

Issues children were referred for included depression and anxiety, sometimes these were so severe that it can lead them to the brink of suicide, said Esther Rantzen founder and president of NSPCC’s Childline.

In 2017-18, some 18,870 children aged under 11 were referred for specialist support. This was a rise of 5,183, or more than a third, on those referred in 2014-15.

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