Nationally, it is known that certain groups of children and young people are particularly vulnerable to mental ill health, including adopted children, looked after children, care leavers, those in contact with the youth justice system, those who are abused, those excluded from school, those involved in gangs, and those with a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder.D

Other factors that may affect vulnerability to mental ill health include ethnicity,E sexuality and gender identity.F

Box 2: Local research: Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish children’s access to CAMHS

Interlink, an Orthodox Jewish Voluntary Action organisation, has conducted local insight work into access to CAMHS within the Stamford Hill Orthodox Jewish community.

Recommendations included:

  • A closer working relationship could be developed between service providers and the community’s teachers and school staff. Most children within the community are educated in private religious schools, which may not have the same structures and links with CAMHS as typical state schools.
  • Therapy provision should incorporate Yiddish-speaking therapists who are familiar with the community’s cultural norms and school systems.

Source: Fund for Health 2014/15, Healthwatch Hackney and City and Hackney CCG

Notes

  1. Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce (2015). Vulnerable Groups and Inequalities Task and Finish Group Report. Department of Health. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/414326/Vulnerable_Groups_and_Inequalities.pdf (PDF document)
  2. Lavis, P. (2014) The importance of promoting mental health in children and young people from black and minority ethnic communities. Race Equality Foundation. http://cdn.basw.co.uk/upload/basw_114111-5.pdf (PDF document)
  3. Youth Chances (2014) Summary of first findings: the experiences of LGBTQ young people in England. http://www.youthchances.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/YC_REPORT_FirstFindings_2014.pdf (PDF document)
  4. Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce (2015). Vulnerable Groups and Inequalities Task and Finish Group Report. Department of Health. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/414326/Vulnerable_Groups_and_Inequalities.pdf (PDF document)
  5. Lavis, P. (2014) The importance of promoting mental health in children and young people from black and minority ethnic communities. Race Equality Foundation. http://cdn.basw.co.uk/upload/basw_114111-5.pdf (PDF document)
  6. Youth Chances (2014) Summary of first findings: the experiences of LGBTQ young people in England. http://www.youthchances.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/YC_REPORT_FirstFindings_2014.pdf (PDF document)