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Ensure mental health assessments for children are within 4 weeks of GP referral

Submitted by Emily Clark on Monday 7th June 2021

Published on Thursday 10th June 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Friday 10th December 2021

Current Signatures: 6
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Capacity ~ Child ~ Children ~ Ensure ~ Government ~ It ~ mentalhealth ~ NHS ~ Prevent ~ The Government ~ weeks

Petition Action

Ensure mental health assessments for children are within 4 weeks of GP referral

Petition Details

The Government should make it a requirement for all NHS Trusts to ensure that the mental health needs of children are assessed within 4 weeks of a referral by a GP, and provide the necessary funding to create capacity for this

Additional Information

If we ensure children receive the support they need during childhood, this should prevent issues going untreated into adulthood.

At present there can be substantial delays to having the mental health needs of a child assessed, even once a referral has been made by a GP.

The Government should create new requirements for NHS Trusts, and provide additional funding, to ensure that mental health assessments for children are within 4 weeks of GP referral.


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