Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry – April 2018.

The April edition of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has been published.  This is a special research issue on reimagining the environment in developmental psychopathology: from molecules to effective treatments and is free to access.

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Transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, January 2018

This bulletin relates to an investigation into the transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Mental Health Services. A combined community and mental health Trust reported the case of an 18-year-old man who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to the Adult Mental Health Service (AMHS). Identifies that some young adults may not be ready to transition to AMHS at 18 and benefit from additional short term support which may negate the need for AMHS. For those requiring longer term involvement with mental health services, the experience of AMHS can be very different from CAMHS leaving patients vulnerable to a deterioration in their mental health or withdrawing from the services available to them.

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Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and other Allied Disciplines – November 2017

The November issue of Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and other Allied Disciplines has been published.  This issue includes a research review on psychopathic traits in children and a multi-centre RCT  comparing eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy, cognitive behavioral writing therapy, and wait-list in pediatric posttraumatic stress disorder following single-incident trauma.

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Children’s Voices: Children’s mental health care in England

Children’s Commissioner, October 2017

This report sets out the views and experiences of children with mental health needs and provides accounts of children in England aged 17 and under who have experienced mental health illnesses. The report makes recommendations to improve provision and access to children’s services. An accompanying evidence review uses qualitative research to explore the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.

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Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems

Education Policy Institute, August 2017

This report examines the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. The analysis explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity.  The report finds that one in nine inpatient units in England failed to meet the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios, while around a quarter did not employ enough permanent staff.  The report also identifies problems with delayed discharge of patients and that inpatient mental health services for young people on average failed to meet 7% of minimum standards.

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Facilities for child and adolescent mental health services (HBN 03-02)

Department of Health, June 2017

This guidance covers the design of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) accommodation for children and young people aged up to 18 years.

It provides full descriptions of rooms that are specific to CAMHS and are not contained in other health building notes (HBNs).

You can use the schedule of accommodation to calculate local project-specific requirements.

You can use the stakeholder needs and quality of life checklists to assess scheme compliance.

Click here to access the guidance.