Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are the section of the NHS responsible for children’s mental health. They vary in scale, organisational structure, and service delivery in different NHS Trusts.

This brief summarises the joint-practice between CAMHS and schools in relation to promotional work and early interventions for children experiencing mental health problems in school settings in England. It also describes which factors contribute, and which create barriers, towards effective practice of joint CAMHS and schools work.

The research used a combination of methods to seek to cover the breadth of concerns, including: a literature review to identify models and learn from practice developed elsewhere; a survey of existing practice using a semi-structured questionnaire to all CAMHS in England; and four case studies looked at interesting practice and a range of experience.


  • Introduction
  • Key Findings
  • Aims of the research
  • Methodology
  • Advantages of joint working
  • Barriers to joint working
  • Key Recommendations