This report is intended to inform the negotiations between service commissioners, clinicians and general managers of psychiatric services for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities and their families. It aims to give an overview of the ways in which a service might be provided and the elements for a standard specification that might be adapted for local need.
It is the revision of the Council Report CR123 (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2004). It deals with psychiatric services for a population that, falling between child and adolescent psychiatry and learning disability psychiatry, is still relatively neglected. The report is intended to complement the steady stream of publications which have been produced across the UK and Ireland over the past decade.