Campaigners in Suffolk have called for more investment in children’s mental health services – amid ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 crisis’ impact on youngsters’ wellbeing.
A report published this month by children’s commissioner Anne Longfield exposed concerns over access to support, as well as a postcode lottery of services across the country.
It found that just one in five children referred for services began their treatment within four weeks and that the speed of services’ expansion needed to increase.
The percentage increase in children accessing support was up 4% last year, compared to the 35% increase in children being referred over the same period.
Bec Jasper – co-director of Parents and Carers Together (PACT), which works with families in Suffolk – said: “We have discussions every day with Suffolk parents and carers…