Analysis: Child and adolescent mental health services

How much is spent in your region?

Research published in September 2017 from the Royal College of Psychiatrists showed there was huge variation across the country, with a more than thirteenfold difference in spending per head between areas.

Our online tool can help you find out how much was spent on mental health for children and young people in your region in 2016/17.

England is divided into Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who decide how NHS funding should be allocated.

Our figures show that across the 209 CCGs in operation in 2016/17:

  • 33 spent less than £35 per head on mental health for children and young people in 2016/17
  • 148 spent between £35 and £70 per head
  • 28 spent more than £70 per head

View the online Google map.

Notes on sources:

  1. The spending data was drawn from the Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard published by NHS England in September 2017 and is the combined total of CYP Mental Health actual spend and CYP eating disorders actual spend for each CCG accessed on 15 May 2018.
  2. We used Office for National Statistics population data for each CCG in mid-2015, with the per head spend based on the population of 0-17 year olds plus a small adjustment to take some account of the population growth in the intervening period accessed on 15 May 2018.
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