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A report on how voluntary sector youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda

Future in Mind, the Government report of the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, set out “what we need to do to overcome the status quo”. One of the report’s proposals was to increase investment in the existing network of Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) as a way of increasing the accessibility of services to young people.

The key mechanism for ensuring accountability in the distribution of new funding for children and young people’s mental health is the requirement for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to produce a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Transformation Plan in conjunction with local stakeholders. These Plans were originally scheduled to have been published by the end of November 2015, but, as at 15th January 2016, we were still unable to locate some areas’ Plans.

This report provides findings from a survey of YIACS conducted in August and September 2015. The survey explored the state of YIACS’ funding and their relationships with commissioners, with a focus on how services were faring following the publication of Future in Mind and in the midst of what were ongoing local CAMHS Transformation Planning processes.