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Young Offenders: Mental Health Services

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were referred to (a) acute local child and adolescent mental health services and (b) non-acute local child and adolescent mental health services in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement. (126058)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is shown in the table.

Referrals to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) by youth offending teams for each year since 2002

Acute

Non-acute

2002

510

2,052

2003

936

6,427

2004

833

6,102

2005

689

5,937

2006

525

6,440

Source:

Youth Justice Board.

A combined screening and assessment method for mental health, physical health and substance misuse of young people in the young peoples estate is currently in development and planning for the implementation stage is under way. This project is supported by a cross- departmental working group of National Treatment Agency, Youth Justice Board, Prison Health and Prison Service Women and Young People Group.

A new framework “Promoting Mental Health for Children held in Secure Settings: A Framework for Commissioning Services”, developed in partnership by the Department of Health, Home Office, Youth Justice Board and Department for Education and Skills, will be launched this month and will set out best practice guidelines for commissioning services for children in secure settings.