Development and organization of child and adolescent mental health services

Br J Nurs. 2006 Jun;15(11):604-10. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2006.15.11.21228.


Against the backdrop of involving children and families in their own care and the clear need to protect their interest, this article will consider care within child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Following a brief overview of the incidence and prevalence of mental health problems, the development and organization of CAMHS will be explored, giving consideration to some of the literature that discusses the effectiveness of services. A review of the literature revealed that, while there is some evidence of how children feel about the services they receive, there is not currently a significant amount of literature available. Nevertheless, these views are of value in relation to the development of service provision.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Clinical Competence
  • Health Personnel / education
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • Prevalence
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Psychology, Child
  • Referral and Consultation / organization & administration
  • State Medicine / organization & administration
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology