Children and young people with eating disorders starting treatment within one week

This chart shows the proportion of children and young people needing urgent care for eating disorders who receive treatment within a week of referral. The figures can be examined from a national perspective or at ICB level. You can also compare data with up to five other areas.

NHS England changed the dataset used to report performance against this target from the spring of 2023 onwards, so historical data is no longer available because of lack of comparability.

Exploring the charts: To explore ICBs, click on the tab then click in the box to compare data sets. Missing values for ICBs, either entirely for the data series or for individual data points, are either an indication that no or a very small number of patients were seen during the period covered or that data is not yet being supplied through the Mental Health Services Dataset.

Policy context

The Government committed to ensuring that 95% of children and young people (up to the age of 19) who are referred for assessment or treatment for an eating disorder should receive NICE-approved treatment from a designated healthcare professional within one week for urgent cases, and four weeks for every other case by 2020/21. The same targets have remained in place since that date, when demand for services increased significantly. 

The Children and Young People with an Eating Disorder (CYP ED) Access and Waiting Time Standard includes all children and young people in whatever setting (community or inpatients) they are receiving care.   

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