CQC review of children and young people's mental health services
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report on its initial review of mental health services for children and young people.
The Prime Minister asked the CQC to look at children and young people's mental health services as part of a series of measures to "transform mental health support". The findings of the review will feed into a new Green Paper on children and young people's mental health. This 'Section 48' review has allowed the CQC to take a wider look at the system, beyond simply evaluating the quality of care offered by the providers of regulated activities, to consider everyone with a role to play in identifying and supporting the mental health needs of children and young people.
• In cases of good and outstanding care, the CQC has seen collaborative working between internal staff and other services to support children and young people, with children and young people receiving timely support that was tailored to their needs, being involved in service design and training being offered to children and young people, and their families, to support their development and recovery.
• However the review provides a comprehensive picture of a sometimes fractured system where children and young people report difficulties in accessing care, and where those who work with children and young people – in schools, GP practices and A&E , for example – do not always have the skills or capacity to identify or support their mental health needs.