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Specialist CAMHS are NHS mental health services that focus on the needs of children and young people. They are multidisciplinary teams that often consist of:
Young people hospital admissions due to substance misuse: rate per 100 000 aged 15-24 years
Children in need referrals: Rate of children in need referrals during the year, per 10,000 aged
Most support for troubled children and young people is provided free by the NHS, your child’s school or your local council’s social services department.
Getting help from a specialist CAMHS service is different depending on where you live. Waiting times can vary, too. Most CAHMS have their own website, which will have information about access, referrals and more, including phone numbers, so you can get in touch directly for detailed advice.
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Spend (£000s) on Local Authority children and young people's services (excluding education): rate per 10,000 0-17
New cases of children in need: Rate of new cases identified during the year, per 10,000 aged
New child protection cases: Rate of children who became the subject of a child protection plan during the year, per 10,000 aged
Most research into medications for mental health problems has focused on adults, rather than children. Children and young people need to be assessed by a specialist before they are prescribed any drugs. There is a lot of evidence that talking therapies can be effective for children and young people, but drugs may be also help in some cases.
There are certain risk factors that make some children and young people more likely to experience problems than other children, but they don’t necessarily mean difficulties are bound to come up or are even probable.
It can be tough growing up. We know that children and young people these days are exposed to many pressures. They live in a fast and competitive world.
Ways you can get involved and support Children’s Mental Health Week
A number of indicators were updated in the Risk, Health, Social Care and Education domains.
Mostly things that happen to children don’t lead to mental health problems on their own, but traumatic events can trigger problems for children and young people who are already vulnerable.
Changes often act as triggers: moving home or school or the birth of a new brother or sister, for example. Some children who start school feel excited about making new friends and doing new activities, but there may also be some who feel anxious about entering a new environment.
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16-18 year olds not in education employment or training
A number of indicators have been updated in the Risk and Education domains:
Under 18 pregnancy: rate of conceptions per 1,000 females aged 15-17
Young people have a right to privacy if they do not want to talk to you about their conversations with professionals, but you should still respond sensitively if they seem to be upset.
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
Children need to have a good mental health status if they are going to live up to their full potential and truly live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them.
Under 16 pregnancy: rate of conceptions per 1,000 females aged 13-15
Most of the time, the action that professionals recommend is not complex. and it often involves the rest of the family. Your child may be referred to a specialist who is trained to help them explore their feelings and behaviour. This kind of treatment is called a talking therapy, psychological therapy or counselling.
A lot of organisations have helpful information about what CAMHS services offer.
Commissioning values-based, outcomes-focused, evidenced-based child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to achieve accessible and comprehensive care pathways across the statutory and voluntary sectors requires sophisticated partnership working and understanding of planning interventions for a wide range of problems.
Barnardo's services work with children and young people who have mental health difficulties. We run centres where children and young people can come and we make sure that they have a worker they can trust and who they can talk to. We help them build their confidence and to address the root of their difficulties. We also work with their parents, making sure that parents feel supported. And we stay in close touch with other professionals.
Addressing issues early helps individuals and society – that message needs a powerful voice.
NHS England has a range of commissioning resources to support local areas to achieve the vision set out in Future in Mind and the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
These are some of the mental health problems that can affect children and young people.
Childrens Mental Health
Children in need due to abuse, neglect or family dysfunction: % of children in need
Children in need: Rate of children in need during the year, per 10,000 aged
NHS England is developing a major service transformation programme to significantly re-shape the way services for children and young people with mental health needs are commissioned and delivered across all agencies over the next five years in line with proposals put forward in Future in Mind.
Expert knowledge for anyone working with children or young people with mental health or behaviour concerns
Following a Ministerial Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, Future in Mind was published in March 2015, a report which established a clear and powerful consensus about change across the whole system to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
A number of children in need, children looked after and spend indicators have been updated in the Risk, Social Care and Education domains:
Many thousands of children and young people go through periods of mental ill health. When this happens to them, it can be impossible for them to make and keep friends, manage at school and feel good about themselves. And it can be bewildering for their parents and siblings. Many other children may not be diagnosed as having mental health problems but lack confidence and feel unhappy much of the time.
In the Social Care domain Emotional wellbeing of looked after children: average score has been updated for 2014/15