Child mental health

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.
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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.
In spring 2022, we hosted a webinar outlining this position, describing training opportunities, networking with CAMHS and seeking views from children and young people.
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The pandemic exacerbated existing pressures on services caring for children and young people presenting with mental ill health. Our joint statement with RCEM and RCPsych recommends how services can work together.
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State of Child Health is our landmark report into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the UK, which looks at data on child health outcomes - including mental health prevalence and services.
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In July 2022 we responded to the Department of Health and Social Care call for evidence to inform its new 10-year strategy for England. We argue for a holistic and inclusive approach, prioritising early intervention, integration and multidisciplinary working.

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Do disabled children and young people have equal access to education and childcare (Wales) - consultation response

In September 2023 we responded to the Children, Young People and Education Committee’s inquiry into ‘Do disabled children and young people have equal access to education and childcare. In this inquiry, the Committee looked to understand how children and young people who are neurodivergent, have phys...