Overlooked and forgotten

Overlooked and forgottenThis report explores how well children and young people’s mental health is prioritised in the current commissioning landscape and offers support and recommendations to health and wellbeing boards on how they can prioritise and address children and young people’s mental health.

The report, published by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, presents the findings of a review of 145 joint strategic needs assessment (JSNAs) and 142 joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWSs).

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The review found that:

  • 2 in 3 JSNAs did not measure levels of children and young people’s mental health locally
  • data most commonly used to estimate prevalence of mental health need is almost a decade old, and
  • 1 in 3 JHWS do not prioritise children and young people’s mental health.

Most JSNAs covered in the review relied on prevalence figures from 2004 because this is the best data available. Up-to-date prevalence data that is used alongside other local data and information will help health and wellbeing boards carry out a rigorous assessment of children and young people’s mental health needs and inform the commissioning of local services.

For more information about the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition visit www.cypmhc.org.uk