Our starting point
Future in mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, the report of the government's Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce, was launched in March 2015.
The report sets out the case for change in mental health services for children and young people. It makes recommendations for improving a number of things about mental health services for children and teenagers: the quality of services; how quickly and easily services can be accessed when they are needed; better co-ordination between services; and, a significant improvement in meeting the mental health needs of children and young people no matter what their background.
By addressing all these areas the report aims to promote good mental health and wellbeing for children and young people and ensure there are high quality services in place to care for children and young people if they need them.
In spring 2014 clinical commissioning groups in Berkshire West asked service users, schools, doctors and mental health workers what they thought about local mental health services.
Their responses suggested that many children, young people and their families thought that services weren’t good enough – explaining that waiting times were too long, that it was difficult to find out how to access help and, sometimes, that they didn’t like the way that they were treated by staff. They said that there were delays in referrals and the advice given to families while waiting for their child’s assessment was insufficient.
Future in Mind provided a structure for planned changes in Berkshire West. The ambition became not simply to adjust existing services, but to transform them.