Children and young people

The ambition over the next five years for children and young people’s mental health is to support CCGs to work with partners to build effective, evidence-based outcome-focused Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), working in collaboration with children, young people and families. Delivering this national ambition requires local, system wide leadership and ownership, as well as the participation of children, young people and their families.The government has pledged £1.25billion by 2020 to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, along with £150million for eating disorder services.

Following a Ministerial Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, Future in Mind was published in March 2015, a report which established a clear and powerful consensus about change across the whole system to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

We are developing a major service transformation programme to significantly re-shape the way services for children and young people with mental health needs are commissioned and delivered across all agencies over the next five years in line with proposals put forward in Future in Mind.

We will work to:

  • Support commissioners and providers to maintain improvements made over the last four years in supporting children, young people and those who care for them to be more fully involved in their careand in the development and feedback to services
  • Support Commissioners to develop integrated services with clear care pathways from early intervention to crisis and inpatient care
  • Support the delivery of collaborative commissioning models between CCGs and NHS England specialist commissioning
  • Support commissioners to develop the infrastructure to deliver services that can demonstrate outputs and outcomes, including waiting and access times
  • Work with Health Education England to support workforce planning
  • Work with other partners across the system to implement the agreed outcomes from the Mental Health Taskforce and Future in Mind

Working in partnership with children and young people and families is an essential element of our work. Our nationally commissioned participation partners are GIFT for young people, who have developed MyApt, and YoungMinds ‘Parent’s Say’ for parents and carers.

Commissioning values-based, outcomes-focused, evidenced-based child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to achieve accessible and comprehensive care pathways across the statutory and voluntary sectors requires sophisticated partnership working and understanding of planning interventions for a wide range of problems.

We have a range of commissioning resources to support local areas to achieve the vision set out in Future in Mind and the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.