Child and adolescent mental health services are to be reviewed, the government has announced.
The external review of Camhs will be led by Jo Davidson, chief officer at Gloucestershire Council and current chair of the 0-7 group of the newly unveiled Children’s Plan.
The review, jointly sponsored by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health, will take stock of progress to date and look at how mainstream and universal services can play a more effective role.
It will also look at improving delivery of integrated care pathways and advise on gaps in the delivery strategy to support the Camhs elements of the Child Health and Wellbeing public service agreement.
Announcing the review yesterday, children’s secretary Ed Balls and health secretary Alan Johnson also reiterated their commitment to increase the number of specialist Camhs beds for those with greatest need, and eliminate the inappropriate use of adult psychiatric wards for under 16-year-olds by November 2008.
Davidson, chair of the review, said the review’s terms of reference would be defined over the next few weeks and that children, parents and practitioners would be involved.