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(UK) Kids with "most serious mental health problems" won't get help they need, experts warn

Jan 27, 2018, (UK) Guardian: Troubled children at risk from mental health proposals, warn therapists https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/27/troubled-children-at-risk-mental-health-green-paper-schools Young people with the most serious mental health problems will be harmed by flawed government plans to boost services in schools for troubled children, ministers are being warned. Under-18s who self-harm or are at risk of suicide are among those with complex conditions who could lose out on vital help because of proposals outlined in a recent green paper to tackle the crisis in young people’s mental health, according to psychotherapists who work with children. In a strongly worded attack on the plans, which are a personal priority for Theresa May, the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) has criticised them as “inadequate”, based on “false assumptions” and likely to produce a number of “adverse consequences and failures”. The ACP fears that hard-pressed NHS child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) will struggle even more to keep up with a fast-rising demand for care if they are given the job of supervising the new mental health support teams (MHSTs) in schools envisaged in the green paper. Understaffing means that many children wait a long time to start receiving CAMHS care. “Our key concern is that the already stretched resources in child mental health will be used to support new services in schools instead of, rather than as well as, the specialist NHS services that are required for the most vulnerable and ill children,” said Dr Nick Waggett, the ACP’s chief executive. … At present CAMHS teams care for children suffering with the most serious problems, including emotional trauma and eating disorders as well as behavioural disorders and suicidal thoughts. …