Lightning review: Access to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

The Children’s Commissioner for England, May 2016

The Children’s Commissioner has become concerned that not all children and young people are able to access children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and receive the mental health services and support they need.  Using her powers to request data from public bodies all CAMHS trusts were asked about the referrals they received and the access that they gave children and young people in their area during 2015. This lightning review is designed to cast light on potential issues that exist in the mental health services vulnerable young people.  The report aims to draw commissioners’ and policymakers’ attention to possible weaknesses in local systems and help them improve provision so that more and more young people can have their mental health needs met and so begin to recover and rebuild their lives.

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