Mental health and substance misuse services for young people


YoungMinds has published a survey which reveals major concerns from staff working in children and young people’s mental health about the effect of financial cuts on the services that they provide. Over 300 Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) professionals responded to the online survey into the effects of budget cuts on services. 77% of CAMHS staff reported a cut in the 2012/2013 Budget with 66% reporting that quality of care had been affected because of cuts of budget changes.

The UK Drug Policy Commission, in collaboration with Mentor UK and DrugScope, has published Domino Effects: The impact of localism and austerity on services for young people and on drug problems. The report found that 51% of local partnerships responding to a survey have experienced a significant decline in funding for activities to prevent substance misuse with 41% reporting a significant decrease in funding for treatment for young people with substance misuse problems.

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