What Good Looks Like in Psychological Services for Children, Young People and their Families

A Review that aids understanding of what causes children to develop mental health problems and what can be done to was launched at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families (CYPF) in Birmingham.

‘What Good Looks Like in Psychological Services for Children, Young People and their Families’ is a practical handbook providing guidance on the provision of good quality psychological services and the active roles that psychologists and other mental health practitioners can play. The Review explains how a transformation in mental health services can be achieved by developing models of care based on psychological evidence. It provides a blueprint for how UK services should be set up to provide the best treatments and best value.

The Review helps the understanding of:

  • what helps children to develop well and what causes psychological difficulties to develop
  • how psychological services can support the positive development of children and young people in families, schools and communities by working together and boosting psychological knowledge in primary care, early years services and education
  • how services can effectively intervene early with children and families to avoid long term problems by making it easy to access the right, good quality help as soon as it is needed
  • how services can really help the children and young people whose psychological difficulties are serious and complex across specialist mental health care (CAMHS), social care and youth offending services Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive, YoungMinds said: “This should be essential reading for everyone remotely connected to funding, providing or advising children and young people’s mental health services.”

The Review will be published in the 2015 3rd edition of The Child and Family Clinical Psychology Review.

Population of focus: Children and youth

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Date: 2015

Contact: For further information or a copy of the Review please contact the BPS Press Centre by phone: 0116 252 9500 or by email presscentre@bps.org.uk