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.

Click here to read the full report.

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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.

Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry – July 2017

The July edition of Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry has been published.  This issue includes a systematic review on childhood chronic physical illness and adult emotional health, and an article on maternal perinatal and concurrent depressive symptoms and child behavior problems.

Click here to view the table of contents.

Click here to request an article from the Library.

These are our children: a review by Dame Christine Lenehan

Department of Health, January 2017

Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism.

This report makes 11 recommendations for government departments and partners at a national level on how to improve the system.

Click here to view the report.

Working together to promote cessation of smoking in children and young people: briefing for commissioners of Tier 4 Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Public Health England, December 2016

This briefing aims to clarify what we know about the relationship between mental health and smoking prevalence amongst children and young people, what Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are doing to support children and young people with smoke free advice and support, and what actions commissioners and the public health system might take to reduce levels of smoking and the harms that arise from it.

Click here to view the briefing.

Defining a health-based place of safety (S136) and crisis assessment sites for young people under 18

Royal College of Psychiatrists, August 2016

The aim of this position statement is to define the health-based place of safety and crisis assessment sites, and to lay out the standards required for quality provision.
The position statement relates to legislation, policy and practice in England and Wales.

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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.

Click here to view the full report.