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YoungMinds and Care Matters Partnership join forces to address the future of children’s mental health

18th May 2009

The government CAMHS review (November 2008) highlights that children and young people still receive fragmented and inconsistent support for their mental health problems including long waiting lists for treatment and a lack of support in a crisis.

With Office of National Statistics figures showing that one in ten young people have a serious mental disorder, the equivalent to three young people in every school class, these issues need to be addressed urgently. The future of CAMHS conference will draw together experts in CAMHS to look at the key recommendations from the review and what this means for the future children’s workforce.

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said: “When problems arise children, young people and their parents/carers need effective input from practitioners who are able to address the full range of their needs. Whilst progress has been made since 2004, variations in the level of provision still exist.  This conference will address what changes need to be made to ensure children services work effectively and keep the child’s needs at the heart of provision.”


Matthew Huggins, Managing Director of Care Matters Partnership, said: “Mental health in young people is a concern to us all. It is staggering that this country loses over 5,000 people a year to suicide, often resulting from a mental health problem present in childhood. This conference will address these issues and explore the recommendations from the national CAMHS review and the future work of the National Advisory Council on CAMHS.”

Conference speakers include:

  • Jacqueline Naylor, Head, III and Disabled Child, Department of Health on the future of CAMHS.
  • Dawn Rees, National CAMHS Strategic Relationships and Programme Manager, on what’s changed, what’s changing and what’s to come in the mental health services.
  • Julie Moss, National CAMHS Support Service Lead for CAMHS Commissioning on world class commissioning.



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