Boost to Camhs in young offender institutions

Child and adolescent mental health services are to be improved in young offender institutions, the government announced today.

The Department of Health has pledged an extra £1.5m to introduce tier-three Cahms services to provide a specialised service for young people with severe, complex and persistent disorders.

The announcement was made at the launch of a commissioning framework for mental health services for young people in secure settings.

The Youth Justice Board said the framework, Promoting mental health for children held in secure settings, would encourage local Camhs services to share training, and improve access to mental health services in custody.

About one-third of young people in custody have mental health or related problems including self-harm – three times the average of the general population, according to the YJB.

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