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Mental Health Services: Children

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent progress has been made on review of child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement; (240731)

(2) what recent steps he has taken to improve the emotional health and well-being of children.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) review final report, ‘Children and Young People in Mind’, was published on 18 November 2008. The report makes 20 recommendations that will enable a number of important changes to take place over the next three to five years, to improve children and young people's mental health and psychological well-being.

The Government have demonstrated their commitment to implementing change by the immediate implementation of a number of these recommendations. In particular:

the establishment of a National Advisory Council, which, in line with the review's recommendations, will act as a champion for children's psychological well-being and mental health issues, advise Government on implementing the recommendations that have been set out in the report and hold Government to account on delivery; and

the development of a National Support Programme, building on the work already being delivered by the National CAMHS Support Service and others to facilitate and support sustainable cultural change at national, regional and local levels. The National Support Programme will co-ordinate these organisations to deliver the same messages on mental health to all of the services supporting children and young people and give everyone working in this area the support they need to achieve the aims of the CAMHS review.

A copy of the review's final report has already been placed in the Library and is also available at

www.dcsf.gov.uk/CAMHSreview.