11th July 2013
The Children’s Mental Health Coalition has published a report, Someone to Care: the mental health needs of children and young people in the care and youth justice systems, which was launched today (11th July 2013) by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.
The main aim of the study is to explore the experiences and mental health needs of children and young people from the perspectives of those who have experienced the care and youth justice systems. The main issues identified by young people in the study include:
The report also explores the professionals’ views of the barriers to meeting these needs, including the challenges associated with inter-agency collaboration, which is essential in providing comprehensive services to children and young people in care and youth justice systems. It then reviews the international and legal, human rights and policy contexts for the provision of mental health services to young people in these systems; analyses the economic context; presents learning from international best practice in service provision; and finally makes recommendations for future developments.
The main recommendations of the report are as follows:
IPRT is a proud member of the Children's Mental Health Coalition, which is chaired by Mental Health Reform and has 50 member organisations from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
The full report can be read here.