Dealing with mental health issues or traffic violations leaves our forces with less time to tackle the crimes we rightly expect them to solve.
The mental health of children and young people is at breaking point. The effects of the pandemic and the uncertainty that has surrounded its aftermath are pushing many into crisis.
Children make up around 20 per cent of the population – yet CAMHS only receives 6.4 per cent of mental health spending.
The third in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.