Review of children and young people's mental health services: summary of recent policy and literature

Care Quality Commission
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Newcastle upon Tyne

This review looks at the challenges facing children and young people’s mental health services and was carried out to support the Care Quality Commission’s ‘Review of children and young people's mental health services: Phase one report’. It examines national policy and guidance, reviews, and publications by think tanks and non-statutory agencies. It draws largely on documents published since 2014. The review focuses on the role different agencies in the system; how well the system is working, in terms of quality, access and experience; and the gaps, barriers and enablers to change. The results found consensus that improvements in the promotion of mental health and the prevention, early identification, support, care and treatment of mental ill-health in children and young people should be a national priority. The review identifies a number of practical challenges and obstacles, including: funding pressure at a time of increasing demand (across social care, health and education) and geographical variation in the range of provision and accessible, high-quality services. Issues that need to be addressed included: the develop strong leadership; establish clearer pathways and transition between services; clarity of roles and responsibilities; workforce development; focus on prevention and high-quality early intervention; improve the quality of data; increase participation; implement evidence based treatment with measurable outcomes; and ensure effective funding, accountability and commissioning arrangements. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
child and adolescent mental health services, literature reviews, integrated care, quality assurance, access to services, multidisciplinary services, interagency cooperation, children, young people, mental health problems;
Content type:
research review
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