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New report makes recommendations for improving children’s psychological health and wellbeing

For Croner Publications Ltd, Education News Online, July 2008

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Review has issued a report which sets out recommendations to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK.

The review is aimed at ensuring that the educational and psychological needs of children and young people with mental health problems (or those at risk of developing them) are met. Currently it is estimated that around one in ten children and young people will experience behavioural, emotional and mental health problems at some point in their lives.

Several areas for improvement have been identified including a more effective children’s mental health system, with clear leadership and accountability; better access to and provision of mental health services for vulnerable children; and a need for cultural change to improve everybody’s understanding of what can be done to meet a child’s mental health and psychological needs.

Care Services Minister, Ivan Lewis stressed that the Government has already taken steps to improve child and adolescent mental health services, and pointed out that funding has gone up from £322m to £461m over the last two years.

Says Jo Davidson, Chair of the Review, “The Review has shown that there is a lot of excellent work going on in all areas of CAMHS, but there is still a need to make it easier for children, young people and their families to get the help they need when they need it.”

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