Position statement on children and young peoples' mental health

Royal College of General Practitioners - RCGP
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP);Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH);Royal College of Psychiatrists
Publication date:
21 August 2017


This intercollegiate statement, produced in conjunction with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, outlines five principles to improve the care and support of children and young people (CYP) with mental health problems: 

  • Acknowledgment that Children and Young People's (CYP) mental health is everybody's business, and should be supported by a shared vision for CYP mental health across all government departments, particularly health, education and justice. 
  • A preventative, multi-agency approach to mental health across all ages, incorporating attention to education for young people and families, social determinants, and health promotion. This should focus on public mental health and early intervention in CYP, including minimising the need for admission and effective crisis services to maintain CYP in their homes.  
  • A system of national and local accountability for population-level CYP mental health and well-being, delivered via integrated local area systems. 
  • Training and education for the whole children's workforce in their role and responsibilities for CYP mental health. 
  • More support, both from specialist services and other sectors, for professionals dealing with CYP who do not meet referral threshold to a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).