ACP Media and Comms Director speaks on BBC radio 5 Live about the need for specialists like child and adolescent psychotherapists to be included as part of a comprehensive package of treatment and support for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
The interview covers the stretch on CAMHS teams, cuts to community services such as youth workers and family centres and how providing counselling in schools (as promised by the PM) is a good start but only addresses a small part of a bigger problem when it comes to resourcing children's services and enabling children and young people to have access to the right treatment, when they most need it.
Mental health difficulties for children are regularly covered in the media, the Daily Telegraph reported on figures which show that the number of children being referred to gender identity clinics has quadrupled in the past five years, and the Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, reports that millions of children in England are growing up in vulnerable or high risk environments. Along with her team of experts, she has calculated that of these children who are in jeopardy, around 580,000 receive some form of care or support from the state.
The ACP is therefore calling for the comprehensive resourcing of children's services, in order to begin to address the level of severity and complexity of the difficulties faced by these children and young people.
To listen to the full radio interview covering some of these themes, click here. (The interview takes place about 19 minutes after the start of the programme.)