Children and young people

Make it easier for children, young people and their families to access mental health support, when and where they need it.

What we have achieved so far:

  • Launched a new children and young people eating disorder service which includes an out of hours service to provide timely support.

We will continue to:

  • provide timely support and care  closer to home
  • invest in professionals and volunteers to provide safe and effective support
  • make it easier to access high quality community and digital support to identify problems and take early action, reducing reliance on children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

It is better for people because:

  • support and care is personal, planned and proactive
  • people’s care will be co-ordinated across education, health and social care and the voluntary sector
  • the earlier young people receive the right support, the better they are able to cope
  • young people requiring specialist support will have local care on hand so they can leave hospital earlier.

It is better for the health and care system because:

  • easier access and earlier intervention will reduce the need for specialist CAMHS support
  • targeted high quality care and intervention at the right time will help services be more effective and efficient
  • highly skilled community teams will reduce stays in hospital and get young people home quicker.

Key facts:

  • almost 75% of adult mental health starts before the age of eighteen
  • almost 10% of 5 to 16 year olds have a diagnosable mental disorder.

Expected outcomes:

  • improved resilience and life chances for  children and young people
  • community teams are able to manage the complex needs of children/young people at home,  stopping unnecessary stays in hospital, and getting people well and home sooner if they do need hospital care.