Children's mental health services 'stuck in the dark ages'

Children's mental health services are "stuck in the dark ages", the care minister has said.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb wants to Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Norman Lamb claims services available to young people are "not fit for purpose" as he launched a new task force to modernise the system.

He told the BBC: "I don't think that children's mental health services, the way they're organised, the way they're commissioned, are fit for purpose. .

"I'm determined that we modernise services for children who have mental health problems. In many respects, the way services are organised is stuck in the dark ages and it needs to be brought into the modern age."

The new task force will look at how best to improve children's services as well as ways to make it easier for young people to get help online.