Cass Review

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons am 5:35 pm ar 15 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Stella Creasy Stella Creasy Labour/Co-operative, Walthamstow 5:35, 15 Ebrill 2024

Many of us recognise the value of the Cass report, as my hon. Friend Lloyd Russell-Moyle set out, in its call for evidence and a thoughtful approach, and its recognition that the collapse of child and adolescent mental health services has contributed to the difficulties in children accessing services. However, I stand here today with terrified constituents who are part of the backlog. I dare say that thousands of those children have been watching this debate with their families and are frightened to hear the heat, not light. The Secretary of State has a brief in front of her, so can I ask her a practical question for my constituents who do not understand what this will mean for waiting times and delays? She said that she was not putting any new money into the service but funds were being reprioritised. In practical terms, what will that mean for those young people who are trying to navigate what is happening to them, who need our support and care, not the derision of any political movement?