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.

Click here to view the full report.

Click here to view the evidence review.

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Health behaviour in school age children (HBSC): data analysis

Public Health England, June 2017

The series of 3 reports focus on:

  • self-harm
  • cyberbullying
  • emotional wellbeing of adolescent girls

These reports examine the data and explore what protective factors may exist in a young person’s life which may be linked to their mental health outcomes, ranging from personal attributes, family, school, peer and wider community context.

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Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health

Centre for Mental Health, February 2017

This briefing reviews evidence about the role of fathers in children’s mental health. It finds evidence that fathers have a big influence on their children’s mental health yet few get any help or support to fulfil their potential as parents.

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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.

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Improving the mental health of children and young people

Public Health England, December 2016

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.

Click here to view the reports.