Young people’s health services

In October 2010, the former Children’s Commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, wrote in Private Eye about his concern around the neglect of children in the NHS. Sir Aynsley-Green’s condemned the cuts affecting youth services in the Guardian article which also discussed the NCVYS report Comprehensive Cuts 2. Following this, Sir Aynsley-Green has encouraged NCVYS to monitor the impact of health cuts on young people. NCVYS welcomes any further information on such cuts.

The former chair of the Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group (TPIAG), Gill Frances, is concerned that young people’s sexual health services are at risk from cuts. “In some areas they’re making 10 or 20% cuts but in other areas they’ve cut all the teenage pregnancy co-ordination completely,” she said. “If you’re going to address teenage pregnancy, you need to have strong leadership and people who are going to deliver on sex education and young people’s services. If people cut these things, then they’re going to see teenage pregnancy rates rise.”

In Lincolnshire there is concern that mental health services for young people may be cut. The NHS partnership trust, which provides child psychiatrists and other support, has said that the county council is considering reducing the £1.2m it contributes. The trust currently provided an integrated service where five to 15 year olds get both clinical help and social support and it has warned that cuts would damage this joined up approach.

A Guardian article has claimed that the Cassel family therapy service, which caters for families with enduring mental health and emotional problems, may have to close. The service is the only one of its kind within the NHS and is a Department of Health (DH) designated “centre of excellence” with a longstanding track record for treating families with entrenched problems. The hospital focuses on changing the behaviour of family members through, for example, psychotherapy and other therapeutic interventions.


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