We must work together to improve children's mental health - to put resources into early intervention and prevention, building resilience and ensuring our workforce is trained to spot the signs of mental ill health and equipped to refer and support children.
There is considerable variation in how child mental health services are delivered in the UK. Our position statement outlines the role of paediatricians in supporting children and young people’s mental health, and makes key recommendations to ensure their mental health needs are met.
State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at the data on mental health on child health outcomes, including mental health prevalence and services.
Over the pandemic, RCPCH &Us has brought together young people and health professionals to share reflections - and solutions. On mental health they've looked at the digital channels young people use, limitations of online therapy, signposting to services and more.
What keeps children in care happy, healthy and well? We worked with children and youn gpeople to create 'health and wellbeing passports', a poster and games to help share who they are, how they are feeling and what support they would like.
This tool outlines what young people expect - and wish - from consultations with their doctors. It was developed by our summer intern, Papia (age 17) based on consultations with young people across England.
In 2021 the Department of Education published the overarching 10 Year Children and Young People’s Strategy (2020 – 2030) on behalf of the NI Executive. Subsequently, in 2022, the Executive produced an initial draft three Year Delivery Plan (2021-24) and published for public consultation.
On 30 March 2022, RCPCH hosted a webinar about the role that paediatricians can play in supporting children and young people’s mental health. Watch the webinar and learn more about mental health leadership in paediatrics.
In March 2022 we responded to the Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) Mental Health Workforce Plan for Health and Social Care consultation.
This webpage is a summary and contains the full response in the downloads section.