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CQC Publishes Initial Review of Mental Health Services for Children & Young People

The Care Quality Commission has published its first stage of its Government commissioned review of mental health services for children and young people in England.

This report looks at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people, and summarises the current state of public knowledge of this area.

CQC has drawn on existing reports and research, along with inspections of children and young people’s mental health services and conversations with young people who use these services to examine its strengths and weaknesses.

The report found that children and young people face difficulty in accessing these services, and so do not receive the care they need when they need it.

CQC’s next phase is undertaking a field review of children and young people’s mental health services, to identify what helps them achieve, what hinders them and improvements in the quality of care. They will then make recommendations to encourage improvement in the mental health system once the thematic review is published in March 2018.

Read more about the report here.