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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College responds to Children & Young People Health Outcomes Forum report

Embargoed until 26 July 2012

Commenting on the publication of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum report today, Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

"We welcome this excellent report from the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. We are particularly pleased to see the emphasis that the report places on the mental health of children and mothers, and the importance of acting early and intervening at the right point.

 

"The report correctly points out that some clinical staff do not have sufficient training in mental health to be able to undertake their work with children and young people safely and well. On the back of this report, our College is looking forward to working with other professional bodies to undertake a scoping project to identify and address the issues of providing a safe and sustainable children and young people’s healthcare workforce.

 

"We agree with the Forum that there is a worrying lack of data on children and young people with poor physical and mental health or disability, and the impact of this on their education. We are therefore pleased to see the Forum recommending the development of a new survey to support measurement of outcomes for children with mental health problems."


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

References:

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum report was published on 26 July 2012.

 

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