News, reports and resources

See the latest news, reports and resources from the Faculty of Child and Adolescent psychiatry.

Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Conference 2024

Thursday 26 – Friday 27 September 2024

In-person at RCPsych Head Office in London or Live-stream.

View the programme and book your place

RCPsych updated statement on the Shortage of ADHD Medication

On 12 December 2023 the College published updated information relating to the shortage of ADHD medication which is available to read via the link below.

Updated information regarding the shortage of ADHD medication

New Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report

A new report Securing our healthy future: Prevention is better than cure has been published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. This report makes the case for prioritising the prevention of ill health in childhood in order to ease pressure on the NHS and to help build a strong economy.

Child and Adolescent Faculty Recruitment and Retention Strategy

View the Faculty Recruitment and Retention Strategy 2023

Tribute to Professor Sir Michael Rutter

It is a year since the passing of Professor Sir Michael Rutter, ‘The Father of Child Psychiatry.’ At a memorial day in June, friends, families and colleagues reflected on his life and amazing contribution to child psychiatry and developmental psychopathology as we know it today.

Watch the tribute video that capture the highlights of Sir Michael’s memorial day on 27 June 2022.


The invasion of Ukraine with the attendant loss of life, injuries and displacement of families is devastating for its citizens and of concern to us all.

The impact on children is described well in the following paper, War hits children first.

There are helpful resources for those who wish to support children and families who are directly or indirectly affected by the war on our website:

We wish to extend our support to our colleagues from Ukraine and to let you know that there is help available from the Psychiatrists Support Service.

Joint statement with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

In December 2021 the Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued a joint statement with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health about meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in acute hospitals. Read the full statement (LINK).

Older news

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Access a variety of resources for psychiatrists, trainees and other mental health professionals, such as books, webinars and eLearning materials.

We produce a variety of leaflets on young people's mental health, catering for both young people, and parents, carers and teachers.

You can also see other resources such as books, films, helplines and websites.

Dr Meinou Simmons, Consultant Psychiatrist in Oxfordshire CAMHS and TPD in Thames Valley, has written a handbook called ‘A Guide to the Mental Health of Children and Young People: Q and A for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers’ with Cambridge University Press in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The book covers a breadth of different mental health issues affecting children and young people.

The College has  a set of resources for international disasters that may be useful for psychiatrists working in humanitarian emergencies and conflict areas.

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