Review of children and young people's mental health services. Phase one report

SCIE Social Care Online
Care Quality Commission
Publication date:
01 January 2017


This report, the first phase of a Care Quality Commission review, summarises the current knowledge on the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people. It looks at where services need to improve, identifies barriers to high-quality care and identifies factors that contribute to good and outstanding practice. It draws existing research and evidence, the findings from CQC inspection reports child and adolescent mental health services, and the people with expert knowledge of children and young people’s mental health services, including children and young people themselves. The report identifies a barriers to good quality care: a system that is complex and fragmented, with a need for more joint working; increasing demand; staff with insufficient skills or capacity to identify mental health problems; and concerns over the safety of services. The report also identifies how some child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) services are providing good and outstanding care through: involving children, young people and their families; collaborating within services and also between different organisations and services; using creative and innovative ways to provide person-centred care; improving access to services; and training for staff, children and families. The next phase of the review will visit ten sites explore what local areas are doing to overcome the barriers and enablers to improving quality and access in children’s mental health services.