Far less than they deserve: children with learning disabilities or autism living in mental health hospitals

Children’s Commissioner, May 2019

This report finds that too many children are being admitted to secure hospitals unnecessarily – in some cases are spending months and years of their childhood in institutions rather than being treated in their communities. It warns that the current system of support for those with learning disabilities or autism is letting down some of the most vulnerable children in the country.

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Improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing

Local Government Association, May 2019

The LGA’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Peer Learning Programme looked at how to prioritise early help and free up acute care for the most vulnerable in order to achieve change; supporting councils and their local partners to learn from each other, and from other councils across the country. Eight councils and their partners took part in two learning days and a visit to another council, gaining further knowledge and understanding on how to tackle their local issue.

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Transitions to adulthood: the case for a cross-departmental taskforce

The Children’s Society, May 2019

One in five 16 year olds experience five or more complex issues. Their age means these young people often fall between the cracks of children’s and adults’ services and are left without support. Many face further challenges as support drops off overnight after their eighteenth birthday, making the transition into independent adulthood difficult. This report outlines steps that government departments and other agencies should take to improve transitions for young people. It recommends that the government forms a cross-departmental taskforce to look into transition planning for older teenagers as they move into adulthood, to ensure the best outcomes for vulnerable young people.

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Early access to mental health support

Children’s Commissioner, April 2019

This report looks at the amount spent on “low-level” mental health support for children in England. “Low-level” mental health services are preventative and early intervention services for treating problems like anxiety and depression or eating disorders, such as support provided by school nurses or counsellors, drop-in centres or online counselling services.  The report reveals that local areas, which included both local authorities and NHS spending, were allocated a total of £226 million for low-level mental health services in 2018/19, just over £14 per child.  The report also found large variations between geographical areas in the funding available, and where spending on services has fallen locally it has been driven by reduced spending by local authorities.

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Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines – November 2018

The November issue of Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines has been published.  This issue includes a systematic review of anxiety associated with negative interpretations of ambiguity in children and adolescents, an article on development of autistic social traits across childhood and adolescence in males and females, and a randomized waitlist‐controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy to improve emotion regulation in children with autism.

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