Low score for Greenwich children’s mental health services

A London Assembly member has written to children’s mental health services in Greenwich urging ‘pressing intervention’ after it acquired a low score following a nationwide report.

Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was ranked 14 out of 25 by the nation’s Children’s Commissioner in a lately launched report, the worst score in south east London.

The ‘State of Children’s Mental Health Services’ report judged services on 5 key indicators, together with the mental health funds per youngster, the typical ready instances and the variety of younger individuals in touch with mental health services.

Following the score, which locations Greenwich within the backside half of the nation, Len Duvall AM has written to the borough’s CCG asking them how they plan to urgently enhance their mental health provision for kids.

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Duvall stated while there may be an pressing want for extra authorities funding, the info “clearly exhibits Greenwich is performing far worse than many different London boroughs.”

“We danger critically letting younger individuals down except we give these services the assist they should stand up to scratch.

“The ramifications of childhood mental unwell health might be lengthy lasting and devastating, so funding in early intervention is essential and one thing I hope you’ll agree is of excessive precedence.”

Data from the report exhibits that between April 2019 and March 2020, kids and younger individuals in Greenwich needed to wait a mean of 56 days after their preliminary mental health referral to entry a follow-up appointment.

And 27% of referrals have been closed earlier than therapy, plus 26% reported as nonetheless ready.

But 97% of Greenwich CCG’s funds allocation is presently spent on kids and younger peoples’ mental health, one of many highest within the nation.

The borough additionally din’t fall into the underside 20% for any of the important thing indicators.

Elsewhere in south east London, Bromley scored the best score with 18, Lewisham 17 and Bexley 15.

Len Duvall AM additionally raised issues that the influence of the pandemic, together with overcrowded dwelling circumstances throughout lockdown and faculty closures, can have pushed up demand for already underperforming mental health services.

He added: “I need to see each younger individual in our borough capable of entry assist once they want it, from services correctly resourced by each CCGs and Central Government.”

Performance’s throughout London have been extraordinarily combined, with Barking and Dagenham CCG awarded a score of twenty-two and Richmond CCG a score of 9.

 This follows Anne Longfield OBE, the long-standing and outgoing Children’s Commissioner, calling the Government out of contact and even displaying ‘institutional bias’ towards kids.

Statistics present that nation-wide, one in 9 kids aged 5-19 had a possible mental health dysfunction in 2017.

In 2020, this had risen to at least one in six, previous to the pandemic.

There was a 35% enhance in referrals to kids’s mental health services in 2019/20, however only a 4% rise within the variety of kids receiving assist from the NHS in 2019/20.

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