Policy reforms, practice examples and evaluation of children's mental health interventions, from prevention and early intervention through to crisis treatment. See our archive of case studies, research and features.
Characteristics of mental health assessments for children in care are analysed as pilots set for launch.
Council leaders and professional organisations say mental health green paper should prioritise counselling services based in schools
As concerns persist over children and young people's mental health and the ability of services to cope with rising demand, there are plenty of pockets of innovation and effective practice across the system.
Advocates of closer working between schools and mental health services outline the benefits it can bring.
Leaders back calls from an expert working group for the creation of virtual mental health leads for children in care, but warn they must be sufficiently funded and have the power to ensure provision is put in place.
Safeguarding in child and adolescent mental health services is often overlooked. The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify risk factors and learning for improved practice.
The Child X case highlights failures across the mental health system, not just inpatient care, says expert.
Teachers are to be trained how to respond to pupils in mental distress under a government initiative
Richard Selwyn says commissioning practice must adapt if it is to help improve the mental health of children and young people.
A MAC-UK scheme could point the way for supporting young offenders with mental health problems.
One in 10 five- to 16-year-olds have a diagnosable mental health problem; half of all mental health problems have become established by the age of 14; and children from low-income families are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than better-off peers.
Experts say a new approach to CAMHS funding is vital to ensure investment reaches the frontline
Why the value of the government's talking therapies programme goes beyond recovery rates.
Two areas outline how they are improving links between schools and mental health specialists.
Study identifies features of best and worst local transformation plans for children's mental health services.
The Future in Mind strategy promises wide-ranging improvements to mental health provision for children and young people. Joe Lepper looks at the key proposals and assesses progress made to date.
Increased political profile and a new care framework offer a chance to improve children's mental health services. Louise Hunt examines the prospects and looks at the innovative work of local projects.
London charity will recruit peer mentors to support young people with mental health problems to gain confidence and life skills.
Schools, health professionals and the voluntary sector join forces to meet the need for child and adolescent mental health provision.
Birmingham children's mental health services have been extended to those aged 25.
Specialist children's homes provide an alternative to hospital and/or specialist rehab for those with mental health needs.
Uses music-making to increase young people's self-expression and reduce anxiety and isolation.
Brighton and Hove project involves 'youth ambassadors' working to improve their peers' health and wellbeing and services.
Programme trains pupils to support their peers and better understand how to identify and tackle mental health challenges.
Course improves emotional regulation and thinking skills for eight- to 24-year-olds where talk-based support is not working.
International population studies have shown that 50 per cent of mental ill health emerges before the age of 15 and 75 per cent by 25.
Informal engagement of young people who are often involved in gangs leads to significant improvements in participants' mental health.
Pause drop-in centre offers young people prompt help and advice on mental health problems without the need to make appointments.
The NSPCC has analysed evidence from serious case reviews to identify learning. In this issue, we look at the risk factors and learning for improved practice for all professionals working in the health sector.
Open Talk trains mental health professionals to involve young people in decisions about their care.
Activity sessions help to reduce self-harm among young people.
How to develop a whole-school approach underpinned by a mental health and wellbeing strategy.
Supports the nurturing of secure attachments and loving, care-giving relationships between parents and their under-twos
"Tierless" mental health service that provides an early help advice line and 24-hour crisis support
Joint service between Rochdale and Wigan to support young victims of abuse and their families through counselling and therapy.
Manchester-based charity that runs a wide range of programmes to support young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
Trained youth workers, working closely with local mental health and GP services, support young people experiencing low-level mental health problems.
Therapeutic programme that supports adopted children and their adoptive families who are struggling emotionally.
Project helps children recover from anxiety.
Face-to-face sessions improve the emotional wellbeing of children in care or on the edge of care.
The internet has become another means for young people to inflict self-harm.
Project works to safeguard children whose parents have mental health problems through group activities and one-to-one discussions.
Mental health problems among children and young people are on the increase and the support available is getting harder to access.
Scheme to improve provision of mental health services for young people shows high levels of satisfaction among participants
This review paper, co-authored by international academics and clinicians, presents a consensus of what is currently understood about disorganised infant attachment and the implications for clinical and child welfare practices. It identifies misconceptions and misapplications of the concept and provides examples of evidence-based interventions that use attachment theory to help families.
This small-scale study aimed to explore these issues by interviewing 12 care leavers with mental health needs.
This article discusses the potential of the "recovery approach" increasingly used to improve interagency work across mental health and child protection services. It also uses a fictitious case to illustrate the potential application of the recovery approach.
This article summarises current theory and research regarding the nature and long-term consequences of childhood trauma and discusses the concept of trauma-informed practice.
Researchers from the University of Exeter set out to examine the links between permanent and temporary school exclusions, and children's mental health.
Research into whether the locus of control of children in foster care differs from that of children who have been adopted, children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children in the general population.
This paper explores the experiences of transition to adulthood of 20 young people leaving residential care.
Researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University examine how effective internet filters are when it comes to preventing adverse online experiences.
This article discusses the evaluation of a tiered participation model developed by Headspace, the national youth mental health foundation in Australia.
Barnardo's Participation Project sought to develop ways of involving disabled children and young people in health, social care and children's services planning.
Young people affected by street gangs and those at risk of offending often have high levels of unmet mental health needs.
Children and young people's access to timely and appropriate mental health services for addressing their immediate needs as well as preventing long-term problems in adulthood.
Four studies on: Effectiveness of mindfulness for children and adolescents; Alternatives to inpatient care; Patient-reported outcomes measures; and Child maltreatment and adolescent mental health problems in a large birth cohort
The provision of self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools in Wales and South West England, and future needs.
Children who experience traumatic events such as car accidents, assaults and natural disasters are at risk of developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, with symptoms including disturbing memories and nightmares, and feeling like the world is unsafe.
Researchers examine whether specific experiences such as bullying, abuse, and internet and social media use are linked to suicide in young people.
A research team led by University College London and the Anna Freud Centre wanted to look at how schools support young people with mental health problems, against a backdrop of rising need.
Study of the economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK.
Researchers examine children's self-reported data on difficulties they have in areas such as emotions, behaviour, hyperactivity or inattention, and peer relationships.
How the internet is changing the way young men seek support, as well as the changing role of the social worker in the digital world.
The prevalence of psychiatric disorders among young people living in the UK who have experience of homelessness.
Can childhood adversities have an effect on brain development, leading to mental health issues?