Mental health services for children get a D-

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Children make up 80 percent of those waiting for an appointment with a psychologist.

The finding was included as part of the Children’s Rights Alliance’s 11th annual report card, which grades the government on its progress toward implementing children’s health and wellbeing measures.

The report gave the state a D minus grade in mental health services for children due to long waiting lists and a lack of facilities, a slight drop on the D plus it awarded last year. In February, there were 2,583 young people waiting for an appointment with the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), with nearly 300 forced to wait for more than a year.

“Childhood is so short, yet we are expecting children to wait for over a year to have basic healthcare needs met,” Tanya Ward, alliance chief executive, said. “That’s not good enough.”

This article has been adapted from The Times. The 2019 report can be found here.

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