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The mental health of children and young people in England

 The emotional health and wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health and wellbeing. Over the past few years there has been a growing recognition of the need to make dramatic improvements to mental health services for children and young people (CYP). This has resulted in:

•significant investment in these services
•the development of local transformation plans outlining how clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and CCG consortia, working with partner agencies will use the new funding to improve children’s health and wellbeing and improve services for CYP with mental health illness across the care pathway, ensuring these service are age appropriate

The purpose of this report is to:

•describe the importance of mental health in CYP
•describe the case for investing in mental health
•provide a descriptive analysis of mental health in CYP in England
•summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health in CYP in order to inform local transformation of services