A need for comprehensive services for young people requiring more intensive mental health services has been identified and this book explores what works in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) at this level.

Specialist Mental Healthcare for Children and Adolescents looks at intensive outpatient and community services; assertive outreach teams; inpatient residential and secure provision; and other highly specialised assessment, consultation and intervention services. Based on the best available evidence, each chapter provides key points, research summaries and an overview of available treatments. It outlines emerging good practice guidance, service models, assessment, and training and workforce development requirements.

This accessible text is essential reading for commissioners and professionals – including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers and teachers – working in specialist CAMHS services, as well as all those studying for qualifications in child and adolescent mental health.

chapter |5 pages


ByTim McDougall, Andy Cotgrove

chapter 2|11 pages

Referral pathways into hospital, intensive community and home-based services

ByTim McDougall, Andy Cotgrove

chapter 3|20 pages

Inpatient services

ByAndy Cotgrove

chapter 4|12 pages

Day services

ByAnne Worrall-Davies

chapter 6|10 pages

Treatment foster care

ByTim McDougall

chapter 7|8 pages

Multisystemic therapy

ByTim McDougall

chapter 8|27 pages

Home-based treatment

ByToby Biggins

chapter 9|17 pages

Forensic interventions

ByPaul Mitchell

chapter 11|11 pages

Transition services

ByTim McDougall

chapter 12|16 pages


ByMarie Crofts, Helen Hipkiss

chapter 13|13 pages

Quality standards for specialist mental healthcare services

ByTim McDougall, Peter Thompson

chapter 14|16 pages

The legal framework

ByCamilla Parker

chapter 15|16 pages

Education, training and workforce development

ByAngela Sergeant