Adolescent mental health

The Children’s Society has published a report on the transition from child to adult mental health services. Key findings include: 1 in 6 17- to 19-year-olds experience a mental health problem; people aged 16-24 are the group at highest risk of poverty and social exclusion; and 397 16- and 17-year-olds contacted Centrepoint’s national helpline for young people at risk of homelessness in 2018. Recommendations include: clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) should improve coordination between agencies to provide support for 16-25-year-olds transitioning into adult services; the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should scrap the freeze on child benefits and scrapping the two-child limit; and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government should extend priority need to young people accommodated under section 17.

Source: The Children’s Society  Date: 28 April 2019

Further information: Transitions to adulthood: the case for a cross-departmental taskforce (PDF)