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Children and young people's mental health and wellbeing
Based on our bi-annual data return and on-going discussion with the Healthwatch network, we know that local Healthwatch have identified mental health services for children and young people (CYP) as a key priority area that needs improvements to ensure that CYP benefit now and in the future from much more effective services:
- 77 local Healthwatch undertook work on mental health services for children and young people or have identified it as a priority area in 2014/15
- Where local Healthwatch have been contacted by the public regarding those services, 64 of them noted it was to report a negative experience compared with 5 who said it was to report a positive experience.
Last year, we used local Healthwatch's findings to comment on the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce’s report 'Future in Mind: promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people's mental health and wellbeing'. The value of our contribution and of the insight provided by the network has been recognised by the Department of Health.
This briefing provides a number of examples of work local Healthwatch are taking forward in relation to children and young people's mental health and wellbeing (CYPMHW) as well as key findings from the work.