In a new report, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has examined 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 current mental health system is failing children and young people. Whilst in almost all areas of health and care reform the dominant trend is to encourage people to be more independent and resilient, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), something has gone badly wrong. This report argues for reform of the mental health system to provide greater support for the majority of young people who will not receive treatment from specialist CAMHS whilst ensuring that those in desperate need of clinical intervention receive immediate help.
Link to report here
The series of 3 reports from Public Health England focus on:
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.
Public Health England has also produced a summary of data from the most recent HBSC survey.
The House of Commons Education and Health Committees have jointly published Children and young people’s mental health: the role of education. The Committees found that financial pressures are restricting the provision of mental health services in schools and colleges. It calls on the Government to commit sufficient resource to ensure effective services are established in all parts of the country. It also calls for strong partnerships between the education sector and mental health services.
This report summarises and presents the findings from a range of activities undertaken by the Department for Education to develop our understanding and find out more about people’s knowledge and experience of peer support for children and young people’s mental health. This included support available within schools, in community settings and online. We wanted to better understand what best practice looks like, what training or accreditation it might include and how peer support fits within the range of mental health support available.
Link to Summary report
Link to full report
20 March 2017
Excluded and vulnerable young people often experience multiple risk factors for poor mental health, exacerbated by services that are experienced as ‘hard-to-reach’, which can lead to wide health inequalities.
Research consistently demonstrates that people experiencing material, racial and social disadvantage face poorer life chances. These can include risks to their mental health and becoming caught in cycles of offending.
Meeting us where we’re at summarises our evaluation of three pioneering projects in London developed by MAC-UK. The projects use the INTEGRATE approach, characterised by engaging young people through co-designing and co-delivering projects, and by securing referrals through peers.
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NHS England has launched a consultation on five service specifications for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) Tier 4.
- C11/S/a Child & Adolescent Medium Secure Service Specification (draft)
- C11/S/b Child & Adolescent Low Secure Service Specification (draft)
- C11/S/c Child & Adolescent Forensic Outreach Service Specification (draft)
- C11/S/d Child & Adolescent PICU Service Specification (draft)
- C07/S/a CAMHS T4 General Adolescent Service Specification (draft)
- Consultation guide
NHS England is undertaking a formal 90 day public consultation and we will also be hosting a series of webinars and face to face events in the New Year. The closing date for responses is 28 February 2017.