Children’s mental health services ‘in staffing crisis’

05 June 2017

A third of professionals working with children and young people say their services are facing downsizing or closure.

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The survey of over 3000 NHS counsellors, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts suggests that NHS children’s mental health services are experiencing a staffing and resourcing crisis.

The Association of Child Psychotherapists, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy carried out the survey.

Chair of the BPC Helen Morgan said: 
‘There is a real urgency to properly fund child and adolescent mental health services now. 

‘The evidence is loud and clear that if there is not early intervention with children, the ensuing emotional and psychological cost to the lives of them and their loved ones can be enormous. Our findings show that this crisis must not be allowed to ensue any longer.’


84% of NHS counsellors, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts say children now need a more severe level of illness in order to get help

76% say the number of posts is inadequate to meet clients’ needs