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Terms of Reference: Children's and adolescent mental health and CAMHS

14 February 2014

The Health Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into children’s and adolescent mental health and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Terms of Reference

In the light of concerns that have been expressed by the Chief Medical Officer and others about both the extent to which children and adolescents are affected by mental health problems and difficulties with gaining access to appropriate treatment, the Health Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into children’s and adolescent mental health and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Specifically, the inquiry will consider:

  • The current state of CAMHS, including service provision across all four tiers; access and availability; funding and commissioning; and quality. 
  • Trends in children’s and adolescent mental health, including the impact of bullying and of digital culture
  • Data and information on children’s and adolescent mental health and CAMHS
  • Preventative action and public mental health, including multi-agency working
  • Concerns relating to specific areas of CAMHS provision, including perinatal and infant mental health; urgent and out-of-hours care; the use of S136 detention for under 18s; suicide prevention strategies; and the transition to adult mental health services

The deadline for written submissions on this inquiry is 19 March.

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