Public Health England (PHE) has produced the Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Profiles, a free, online tool that allows users to compare local and national figures on a number of different indicators: http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/cypmh.

A small selection of indicators from the PHE tool are displayed below.

In summary, Hackney has moderately high levels of pupils with behavioural, emotional or social support needs and very high levels of fixed period exclusions for disruptive behavior (although these appear to be falling). However, levels of child mental health admission and first time entrants to the youth justice system are similar to the national average and, as with the rest of London, in Hackney there are lower rates of hospital admissions related to self-harm than the national average.

Data are only available for one of the selected indicators for the City of London, and the small number of children in the corporation means caution must be taken in interpreting the results. However, it appears that the City has comparatively low prevalence of pupils with behavioural, emotional or social support needs.

Comparable data on the mental health of children and young people (CYP) are framed around the following headings: