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Even with evidence of abuse or self-harm many children are turned away, report finds

More children than ever are seeking specialist mental health treatment in England but tens of thousands are being turned away despite evidence of self-harm or abuse, according to a report.

An investigation by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) found that referrals to children’s mental health services in England had increased by 26% over the last five years – but nearly one in four were rejected, meaning that at least 55,000 children were not accepted for treatment in 2017-18.

Most were rejected because their condition was not regarded as serious enough to meet eligibility criteria – including young people who had experienced abuse or showed evidence of self-harm.

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The Guardian

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