08 March 2018
The British Psychological Society warmly welcomes the publication of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Report: Are we listening? Review of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services.
Society members have actively contributed to the report via the CQC’s Expert Advisory Group providing advice and guidance.
The Society has been acutely aware of the fragmentation of children and young people’s mental health services at regional and local level. We have been concerned about the lack of cohesion between Commissioners and planners of services.
We have drawn attention to the gaps in services to support children and young people mental health, and has been alarmed at the variation in the eligibility criteria for accessing CAMHS services.
The CQC’s report provides a refreshingly honest review of a complex and fragmented system, with poor collaboration and lack of joined-up working. Clearly the system to support children and young people has been under pressure, as the Society has highlighted, with cuts to services undermining service provision.
We welcome the CQC’s comprehensive range of recommendations for national, regional and local action.
Furthermore, we support the view that unless action is taken we will not see the scale and pace of improvement needed to provide the services which our children desperately need.