Anne Longfield’s public challenge to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England

Anne Longfield OBE, Children’s Commissioner for England, has publicly challenged Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England for trying to denigrate findings from research  about children’s inability to access mental health support. She suggests Stevens has sought to ignore the reality of children’s experiences and the frustrations of their parents.

Publication of the research coincided with World Mental Health Day last week. In her foreword Anne states:

I’m very concerned that children’s inability to access mental health support leads to a whole range of additional problems, from school exclusions to care placements breaking down to children ending up in the youth justice system. I believe many of these problems could be prevented if children had access to mental health support when they need it. As this briefing shows, early intervention is cost effective – but is currently a postcode lottery of fragmented support depending almost entirely on where a child grows up and which school they attend.

The National IRO Managers Partnership will be discussing children’s mental health support and stability needs with officers from Anne Longfield’s team on 19th October at the Department for Education.

Read Anne Longfield’s letter to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England here

Related reading:

Children’s tsar savages NHS over paucity of mental healthcare

Shining a light on the experiences of children with mental health needs

Why I’m asking urgent questions about the state of mental health provision for children.

Future in Mind: Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Lightning Review: Access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, May 2016.

2 thoughts on “Anne Longfield’s public challenge to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England

  1. Well done Ann Longfield! This is exactly the role of the Children’s Commissioner – standing up for children’s rights


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