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Under-10s on mental health's workload

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MORE than 800 children referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services since 2011 were under the age of ten, it has been revealed.

A Freedom of Information request has shown that since 2011, 2,092 referrals have been made to CAMHS – the specialist service that works with young people under the age of 18 who have emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties – with 194 of those being children under the age of six and 623 aged between six and ten.

Behavioural issues include children with disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism.

Between January and 30 September this year a total of 350 referrals have been made to the service, with an average of nine referrals per week. Of the 350 referrals, 205 were girls.

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