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Inconsistent mental health provision is disadvantaging young people in care

Access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) is inconsistent for young people in care, with provisions varying from good to none at all, according to Ofsted’s latest report published today.

An evaluation of the provision of mental health services for looked after young people over the age of 16 accommodated in residential settings looks at mental health provision in 27 children’s homes in eight local authorities across England. The report highlights the barriers for young people in accessing mental health provision as well as highlighting good practice.