Petition Review and reform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

The Government should commission an urgent and thorough review of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to ensure it adequately supports children and young people.

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CAMHS should be an accessible, safe and effective service. The review should look into how CAMHS can operate as a triage service and treat common presentations only, with children and young people with complex presentations referred to specialist mental health services.

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No child should be turned away from mental health services for 'not being ill enough', say MPs

The Health and Social Care Committee, a cross party group of MPs, has looked into the progress the Government has made on the provision of children and mental health services. Their report considers what progress has been made in the four years since the Government published its green paper on transforming children and young people's mental health provision. The report makes a number of recommendations to the Government, including:

  • All children and young people under the age of 25 should receive mental health support as early as possible and should never be turned away from mental health services due to not being ill enough.

  • NHS England & Improvement must accelerate the implementation of the offer for the 0-25 year olds so that young people do not continue to face a cliff edge in accessing the care they require as they transition from children to adult services.

Read a summary of the report, including the Committee’s main recommendations to the Government:

The Health and Social Care Committee’s report, “Children and young people’s mental health”, was published on 9 December 2021. The report assessed the current scale of the problem and looked at access to mental health services, mental health support in schools, importance of alternative ways of support such as community-based support and on line-support), inpatient care and the use of restrictive practices and self-harm and suicide prevention.

Find out more about the inquiry, including the written and oral submissions received:

What is the Health and Social Care Committee?

The Health and Social Care Committee scrutinises the work of the Department of Health and Social Care and its associated public bodies. They examine government policy, spending and administration on behalf of the public and the House of Commons.

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