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The emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people is as important as their physical health and is a vital safeguard for their successful future. A year ago, the CAMHS Review called on everyone to ensure they play their part in supporting and improving children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.
This report looks at examples of progress but also at the many challenges that need to be tackled if the Review recommendations are to be achieved. It outlines how the National Advisory Council will continue to work with young people, Government and the field to stimulate more open debate and to find solutions in the current economic climate. It cautions against any disinvestment in services: the progress that has been made year on year now needs to be sustained, for the benefit of individuals and society.
This work will need to take place in a more challenging economic climate, but the response should be to use resources more wisely, rather than any disinvestment. It continues to be important to maintain and further develop the specialist services, and to look at models of services that can work across agencies to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people.