On the 29 January 2020, we sent 41 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) a statutory letter under Section 2C of the Children Act 2004, where we are concerned that they are performing poorly, relative to others in regards to providing NHS children’s mental health services.
This follows research we have undertaken into NHS children’s mental health services. The Children’s Commissioner’s report ‘The state of children’s mental health services’ focuses on progress in children’s mental health services. Despite some improvements in access to provision, too few children are receiving help and barriers to access remain considerable. In response, we will be calling on the Government to increase funding to increase the scale and speed of development of children’s mental health services, both in the NHS and outside.
However, this research also finds significant local variation between CCG’s in terms of provision and accessibility of services. The data shows that some areas are effectively years ahead in terms of improving services. We have assessed areas based on data that individual CCGs have provided to NHS England and NHS Digital. In doing this, we have compared CCGs to one another, rather than against an objective standard.
Below you can find the letters which we have sent to the 41 CCG’s which we are concerned are performing poorly. We will publish their responses when we receive them.