Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are NHS services which assess and treat young people with mental health difficulties.
SAMH has been campaigning on CAMHS for some time, in particular by drawing attention to the 20 young people who are turned away from CAMHS every day in Scotland.
In 2018, the Scottish Government published an audit of rejected referrals to CAMHS, which included 29 recommendations for improving the experience for children, young people, and their families. Responding to the report, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport described the current system of rejecting referrals as “completely unacceptable”, accepting all recommendations, and setting up a Task Force, and laterally a Programme Board, to deliver these.
However, despite these promises, there’s still a lack of action on the ground.
Click the link below to read the audit of rejected referalls.