New Commission Launched to Improve Young People’s Mental Health

YoungMinds along with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition today launch a Commission to improve mental healthcare provision for children and young people.

The Commission, chaired by Baroness Claire Tyler, focuses on what really matters to the children and young people who rely on the support of Children and Adolescents Mental Health services (CAMHS). It enforces the importance of involving young people, their parents and their carers alongside CAMHS professionals, partner agencies and commissioner when developing how these services are delivered.


Final recommendations from the Commission include:

  • Recommendations for service providers, commissioners and managers on improvements to the current service, based on updated core values
  • Recommendations on training requirements for service providers, commissioners and managers
  • Recommendations for the education and training of CAMHS staff
  • Recommendations for key UK health organisations including Department of Health, NHS England and the devolved assemblies’ Health Services and Departments of Health

A Value-Based Approach

The Chair of the Commission, Baroness Claire Tyler said:

I am delighted to be chairing this important new Commission which will look at how children and young people's mental health services can be both commissioned and delivered in ways which reflect what really matters to everyone involved, most particularly the children and young people themselves.

“A values-based approach in the field of child and adolescent mental health has the potential to change young lives for the better and give them hope for the future."

Of the Commission, Marc Bush – Chief Policy Adviser at YoungMinds said:

'The government’s Future in Mind initiative set out an ambitious agenda for reforming children mental health services.

We hope that this commission, of which YoungMinds is a part will make an important contribution to improving services  by supporting local areas to better understand how to strengthen their provision in order for children, young people and their families to get the support they need.

Transformation and investment is urgently required in children's mental health services in England, we hope that the work of this commission will help to sustain the momentum that will be required to achieve this.”

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