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Child referral rates too high, says report

Legislative Council chamber, where the hearing was held

Tynwald committee hears evidence

A prominent psychiatrist has voiced his concerns over the rising number of children being referred to Social Services on the Island.

The Tynwald Social Affairs Policy Review Committee has explored how the high rate of referrals puts a strain on both Social Services and families.

The committee presented a body of evidence to Tynwald in June.

It found the rate is higher than that of England and Wales, and many referrals turn out to be unnecessary.

Dr David Foreman, a visiting professor and independent consultant for the Department of Health and Social Care, gave evidence to the committee.

Speaking to Manx Radio, he explained his view on the sharp increase in referrals, and what could be done to remedy it:

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