The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is devolved to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Health Commission Wales (HCW) is currently working towards the provision of a Forensic Adolescent Consultation and Treatment Service (FACTS) in South and North Wales. HCW anticipate the service to be available in the summer of this year (2008). Part of the FACTS remit of the South Wales team will be to provide assessment and treatment advice for children in Pare prison with mental health problems. The FACTS will also assist local CAMHS teams in the development of specific services to the prison population.
The Welsh Assembly Government has made a commitment to CAMHS in its ‘One Wales’ document. The budget settlement included an additional £4.8 million—£1 million in 2008-09 and £1.6 million and £2.2 million in successive years—to enhance service delivery. This clearly demonstrates the priority that the Assembly Government attaches to these services. In addition, some £6.5 million has been allocated to counselling in schools over the same period.
The 2001 document “Everybody’s Business” is embedded in the development of policy within the Assembly Government. The well-being of children and adolescents in Wales, including their mental emotional health, is of paramount importance to this Government.
The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services in Wales (NSF) embeds this philosophy and the setting of targets via the Service and Financial Framework for the NHS in Wales has ensured that services are improving as evidenced by the NSF Self Assessment Audit Tool results for 2006-07.
A review of CAMHS covering all relevant agencies is being undertaken by the Wales Audit Office and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales. The outcome of this review, which is expected towards the end of 2008, will contribute positively to future service developments.