Children's mental health services in 'crisis' after cuts

Cuts to mental health services for children have led to a national "crisis" in services across England, a charity has warned.

Children's mental health charity YoungMinds claimed services are at "breaking point", with parents "desperate" for help for their child.

The charity sent freedom of information requests to local health authorities across England to determine their level of spending on children and adolescent mental health services.

Fifty-nine out of 98 local authorities that responded had cut or frozen their budgets since 2010/11.

While 74 out of 96 clinical commissioning groups had frozen or cut its spending on services between 2013/14 and 2014/15.