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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, what is it?
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is specifically about working with children and young people (CYP) from 0 to 18 years old. It is over 10 years since it was reported that 1 in 10 children living in England have a diagnosed need for support and treatment for their mental health issues.1 Since then the statistics remain staggeringly high in terms of CYP's mental suffering living in a world where poverty, housing, abuse and stigma still haunts their upbringing.
CAMHS did not exist before the 1940s, except for a small number of psychoanalytically trained clinicians who were interested in understanding and treating children to enable them to become healthy adults (eg, Donald Winnicotti). Children during the pre-war era were treated in ‘Child Guidance Clinics’, predominantly run by local education authorities. Following the launch of the National Health …