Pupils referred to mental health services by their schools are being turned away if they don’t exhibit the same problems at home, a think tank has warned.
In a new report by the Education Policy Institute, researchers found that as many as 1 in 4 children referred to CAMHS in England are rejected, and that school staff are required to respond to children who self-harm, despite cuts to school support services.
The number of referrals of young people to child and adolescent mental health services has increased by 26 per cent in the last five years, placing increasing pressure on the government to improve access to such services.
Those excluded from treatment include children and young people that have self-harmed or experienced abuse
In its latest research, described as “bleak” by a headteachers’ union, the EPI warned that difficulties faced by children and young people “often do not fit into clear diagnostic boxes” and therefore do not meet the criteria for access to mental health services.