A review of children and young people’s mental health services

The Care Quality Commission recently conducted the second phase of its review of quality and access across the system of mental health services for children and young people.  The report draws on evidence gathered from fieldwork in 10 health and wellbeing board areas in England.

Looking at policies and procedures, visiting schools, hospitals, voluntary organisations and other services, they examined in detail how individual children and young people with mental health problems moved through the system.  They found that many children and young people experiencing mental health problems do not get the kind of care they deserve.  The system is complicated, with no easy or clear way to get help or support.

Among the recommendations in their report, they suggested that Ofsted should look at what schools are doing to support children and young people’s mental health when they inspect.

Click here to read the full report.