Children and young people

National Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Improving care for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism is one of our priorities for 2016/17.

Because it is a priority we have set up a new team to manage a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) project up to the end of March 2017 which is funded by the Department of Health.

The project supports children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism with challenging behaviours, including people with a mental health condition. The project:

  • supports ways of helping children and young people stay with or near to family, and get the support they need close by.
  • makes sure that children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism leave school with good education, health and care plans or transition plans that help them as they become adults and lead to better outcomes for them and their families.
  • makes sure that children and their families are involved in developing plans about them.
  • supports health, social and education services to make sure that children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism don’t go into learning disability or mental health hospitals unless they really need to.
  • supports services to make sure that children and young people who do need to go into hospital don’t stay longer than they need to and are clear about what their treatment is for.
  • supports services to make sure that plans for leaving hospital start as soon as children and young people are admitted.
  • promotes the care and treatment review pathway, which includes ‘at risk of unnecessary admission’ registers, community care and treatment reviews and inpatient care and treatment reviews.
  • gives grants to voluntary organisations who support children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism. The project has already given out more than 20 grants worth more than £600,000 which are supporting parents, young people and volunteers.

Find out more

For more information about this project please email: England.CAMHSLD@nhs.net

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