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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Education, education, mental health: Supporting secondary schools to play a central role in early intervention mental health services

IPPR, May 2016

Nowhere is the crisis in children and young people’s mental health felt more acutely than in our secondary schools, which increasingly find themselves on the frontline. This report examines why schools are facing a ‘perfect storm’, and makes the case for putting secondary schools at the heart of early intervention provision for children and young people with emerging, low-level mental health problems.

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Parents Say Toolkit

Young Minds, December 2015

This toolkit supports services delivering mental health treatment to young people to implement parent participation in all aspects of their work – from Assessment, to Intervention, to Service Delivery.  It also supports services to make an effective business case for parent participation.

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‘Passport’ style brief of young people’s mental health launched

NHS England, 15 October 2015

A ‘passport’ style brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched by NHS England.  The ‘passport’ idea, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, has been developed by young people, parents and carers and can now be used across care settings either on paper or on mobile phones.

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Local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: Guidance and support for local areas

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance and the programme of support that goes with it are designed to empower local partners to work together to lead and manage change in line with those key principles through the development of Local Transformation Plans for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The document provides guidance for local areas on the development of Local Transformation Plans to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

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Investing in children’s mental health: A review of evidence on the costs & benefits of increased service provision

Centre for Mental Health, February 2015

A report published by the Centre for Mental Health shows that investing in children’s mental health services is excellent value for money and will bring a lifetime of benefits to young people, their families, communities and the economy as a whole.

The report examines the costs and the benefits of a range of interventions to prevent or treat some of the most common mental health conditions that affect children and young people.

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