Young people and health

The government has announced investment to improve treatment for children and young people suffering from eating disorders. The plans include:

  • Supporting schemes to get young people with eating disorders and self-harm early access to services in their communities with properly trained teams, making hospital admission a last resort; and
  • Extending access to talking therapies so that children and young people have a choice of evidence-based therapies, a treatment plan agreed with their therapist and monitored and recorded outcomes.

These should lead to:

  • Swifter access to evidence based community treatment;
  • Fewer transfers to adult services, reducing up to approximately 70 percent of those who need to be treated as adults;
  • An end to the current cliff edge of transition for young people with eating disorders when they turn 18; and
  • A more standardised level of provision for children, young people and their families.

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Clic Sargent has published a report on coping with cancer and supporting young people’s resilience. Key points include that:

  • Young people need a wide range of quality information to confidently manage their illness;
  • Young people use a range of methods to seek help and information throughout their cancer journey;
  • CLIC Sargent plans to expand the support it provides to young people with cancer; and
  • Access to quality information can help build up resilience – an outcome of successfully dealing with a stressful situation.

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The Anna Freud Centre and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust have developed THRIVE, a new model for delivering Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The model outlines groups of children and young people and the sort of support they may need, as well as trying to draw a distinction between treatment and support.

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