The needs of babies and toddlers are “Overlooked and badly provided”
New research by the Parent-Infant Foundation with NHS children and young people’s mental health professionals from across the UK.
Professionals said that services were not able to work effectively with babies and toddlers. They reported that the youngest children are the most poorly served by the provision on offer in their area.
Only 36% of respondents reported that, within children and young people’s mental health services in their area, there are mental health services that can work effectively with babies and toddlers aged 0-2.
Only 52% of respondents said their local NHS children and young people’s mental health service took referrals for children aged two and under.
Many of these respondents said that the service was not working with young children.
Only 9% of respondents felt there was “sufficient provision available for babies and toddlers whose mental health was at risk” in their area.
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