Report published on spending on low level children’s mental health services
The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has published a report looking at the amount spent on ‘low-level’ mental health support for children in England.
‘Low-level’ mental health services are preventative and early intervention services for treating problems like anxiety and depression or eating disorders, such as support provided by school nurses or counsellors, drop-in centres or online counselling services. These services are vital for offering early help to children suffering from mental health problems and can often prevent conditions developing into much more serious illnesses.
The report reveals that local areas, which included both local authorities and NHS spending, allocated a total of £226 million for low-level mental health services in 2018/19, just over £14 per child. It reveals wide variations between areas in how much funding is available: the top 25% of local areas spent at least £1.1 million or more, while the bottom 25% spent £180,000 or less. You can read a summary of the report here, where you can also access the full report.