Young people who require support from mental health services can often find their care interrupted as they make the transition from child and adolescent services to adult services.
At the moment, many mental health services for children and young people end at 18 years of age. However, the current way that these services are structured can sometimes mean that young people end up falling through the cracks as they transition from one service to another. In Wandsworth, around 2,984 young people aged between 5 and 16 years are estimated to have a clinically diagnosed mental health problem, so it's important that the transition to adult services is as smooth as possible.
Our survey was initiated to support Wandsworth Council and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) address these problems between children and adult mental health services and improve the quality of the support offered to young people. We focused on talking to carers and relatives, as the Council and CCG had already spoken to many of the young people in our borough.
Some of the issues highligted in our attached report include:
- High thresholds to qualify for treatment
- Long waiting times
- Lack of early intervention, which can often mean the problem becomes worse
Our findings have been passed to Wandsworth Council and CCG for use in future planning of these important services.
Report - Transition from Child to Adult Mental Health Services