Child mental health: key to a healthier society

One in ten of school-aged children have a diagnosed mental problem, with only a quarter of them receiving specialist care recommended in NICE guidelines. The document discusses the scale of the problem and the financial consequences. It then looks at the cost-effectiveness of available treatment and the adequacy of services.

Finally, proposals of what is required in order to better deliver the NICE guidelines in CAMHS are put forward. These include training 1,000 evidence-based therapists; the development of Tier 3 services, fully professional assessment of all children referred to Tier 3 services, and an expansion of Tier 2 parent training and training of practitioners to deliver it.

Richard Layard
Centre for Economic Performance