Focus on children and young people’s mental health

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What we did

What we found

  • Early intervention: Systems need to take action to ensure children and young people are receiving the right mental health support early on, before they reach crisis point. This includes making sure they have the right staff, with the right skills to meet the needs of children and young people.
  • Collaboration: Providers and systems must continue to reduce silo working and improve how they work together.
  • Communication: As well as better joint working, systems should improve communication: both between providers and families, and between system partners.
  • Health inequalities: There needs to be a continued focus on addressing health inequalities. This includes tacking health inequalities for children and young people with mental health needs experiencing deprivation, those from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+), and/or have physical, sensory and learning disabilities.
  • Digital technology: Digital technology has given some children and young people access to services they may not previously have had, however it is not the right approach for everyone. Children and young people must have a choice in how they access care and support, whether that’s online, face-to-face, or a combination of both.

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