Children and Young Peoples Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support

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Children and Young Peoples Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support

Tuesday 12 December 2017


Earlier this year the Government announced its intention to publish a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health. The paper will set out plans to transform services in schools, universities and for families with extra mental health staff training. By 2021 the aim is put an end to the practice of children being sent away from their local areas to receive care, treatment and support.

Half of all mental health problems have been established by the age of 14, rising to 75 per cent by age 24. One in ten children aged 5 – 16 has a diagnosable problem. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health makes clear that by 2020/21 there will be a significant shift towards prevention and transformation of care. Key actions from NHS England include ensuring that people have greater access to care; services are designed in partnership; inequalities are reduced; care is integrated across physical, mental and social needs; and prevention strategies are prioritised for key moments in life.

Work is already in happening to secure input on what robust standards for children and young people, including crisis and perinatal care, should look like. There is a growing consensus that strong partnerships between the education sector and mental health services can help improve the provision of care for children’s mental health and well-being. With significant variation in the quality of the links between schools and colleges and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and in the level of financial support, the Government is committing sufficient resource and building on the CAMHS link pilots to ensure that effective services can be established in all parts of the country.

Join us at Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support to hear practical advice and guidance that will help you how to deliver improvements in access and outcomes, reduce inequality and implement the Government’s Green Paper principles across Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The Government has commissioned a review of children’s mental health services across the country as part of a package of measures designed to improve care and transform mental health support. In the speech at the Charity Commission the UK Prime Minister promised a green paper on children and young people’s mental health. New initiatives will include extra mental health training for school staff and new trials to look at how to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff; and, by 2021, further support has allocated towards NHS England’s commitment to eliminate inappropriate placements to inpatient beds for children and young people.

Early intervention and quick access to good quality care is vital, especially for children and young people. Waiting times should be substantially reduced, significant inequalities in access should be addressed and support should be offered while people are waiting for care. NHS England announced that at least 70,000 more children and young people should have access to high-quality mental health care when they need it by 2020/21. This will require a fundamental change in the way services are commissioned, placing greater emphasis on prevention, early identification and evidence-based care.

Figures show young people are affected disproportionately with over half of mental health problems starting by the age of 14 and 75% by 18. Nearly three quarters of a million 16 to 18-year-olds study in a further education or sixth form college. Schools, but also colleges are ideally placed to work with mental health services to support children and young people. In March 2017, a joint report from the Health and Education Select Committee highlighted the front-line role of these institutions in promoting and protecting children and young people’s mental health and well-being.

Following the Government request of transforming mental health support, a major thematic review of children and adolescent mental health services across the country, is being led by the Care Quality Commission, to identify what is working and what is not. Inspections and ratings of all mental health services in England should help to provide a consistent quality of care that children and adolescents receive. This includes supporting NHS England’s commitment to terminate long waiting times for assessment and treatment and difficulty accessing inpatient care close to home for those who need it.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support will bring together professionals from across the public sector to learn how to overcome the barriers that are preventing children and young people receiving the excellent mental health care they need.

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