What Really Matters?

An up-to-date policy documenting mental health services in children and young people has been published by NICE.
Counsellor at school

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have been through 'interesting times' over the past few years. Once a Cinderella service, attention has been very much focused on the mental health of children and young people recently, both in the media and in government policy.

Additional funding needed for school counsillors. Picture: iStock

The 2004 National Service Framework for children and young people (in England) brought with it policy attention and some additional funding (although much of this was lost in the recent local authority cuts), and other administrations in the UK followed suit in different ways.

Relevant guidance

The development of a better body of evidence for treatments and approaches to working with children and young people led to more relevant and applicable guidance from NICE.

In England, the children and young people’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme has been


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