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Report into CAMHS Rejected Referrals now published

Response from SAMH

We are delighted that today the Scottish Government published an audit of rejected referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), accepted all of the report’s recommendations and announced £5 million of investment for a new CAMHS Taskforce to be chaired by Dr Dame Denise Coia.

As you know, last October we announced that the Scottish Government had asked us to undertake the qualitative element of this work and gather evidence from children, young people, their families and carers across the country to inform the approach to mental health services.

In year ending March 2018, 7,181 young people who were referred to CAMHS did not receive support from that service. Young people and their families with direct experience of a rejected referral were asked to help shape the future of Scotland’s approach to mental health services. We asked you if you would like to take part and would like to thank you if you participated. The audit sets out 29 recommendations informed by more than 360 participants.

We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the experiences of children and young people who are seeking help for their mental health. Achieving positive outcomes for children and young people has been at the heart of this study and speaking to more than 360 children, young people and their families about their experiences has been a real privilege.

We look forward to engaging with Dr Dame Denise Coia at this crucial opportunity to make the mental health and wellbeing of young people an on-going national priority.

You can read the full report here.