Children and young people

NHS England is working with colleagues across Government to improve children and young people’s mental health. Our aim is to transform services and deliver the vision set out in Future in Mind which was endorsed and expanded in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

Between now – and beyond – 2020 we will ensure that that more people can access help when and where they need it.  The government pledged an additional £1.4 billon for children and young people’s mental health, and we will work to make sure this is wisely invested. This is a priority in the Mandate and Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out how we will do this.

We support Clinical Commissioning Groups to work in collaboration with schools, local authorities, the youth justice sector and others to commission integrated, evidence based services. This includes a range of commissioning resources to support the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Local Transformation Plans.

Involving children, young people, their families and carers is essential. This includes decisions about their care and involvement in service design, commissioning, and national policy-making. NHS England has commissioned North East London Commissioning Support Unit and YoungMinds to support participation under the national CYPMH Transformation Programme to 2020:

  • Empowering children, young people and their families/carers to influence their care and services through participation at a national and local level with commissioners, providers and clinicians;
  • Supporting children, young people and their families/carers to engage across the system; and,
  • Supporting the integration of participation so that it becomes fully embedded as ‘business as usual’ across a diverse range of provision, from services promoting emotional and psychological wellbeing to supporting those with complex and extensive mental health needs.


NHS England/LGA children and young people’s mental health conference 2017

Key note speakers and workshop hosts share their slides from this one day event, sharing a wealth of updates and good practice.