NHS Scotland has published data on waiting times for child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland. The results show that the target of a maximum 18-week waiting time for children and young people to receive treatment for mental health services has not been met and more than a third of children and young people are waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. The data stipulates that nine out of 14 health boards failed to meet the 18-week waiting time target and 204 children and young people waited more than a year prior to being seen for treatment, which is double compared to the same period last year. In response to the data, the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition said “we are continuing to fail thousands of children and young people with mental health problems, with more clearly needing to be done to address this epidemic…there must be a radical transformation of our mental health services, with a focus on preventing such problems arising in the first place and intervening early."
The report can be found here.