This chapter provides an overview of the legal framework relevant to children and young people receiving treatment and support from Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Practitioners will be aware that the provision of mental healthcare to children and young people, whether in hospital or in community-based settings, engages a wide range of complex and interrelating legislation and policy. Given that an examination of every relevant aspect is not possible within a single chapter, this chapter focuses on areas likely to be of key importance for CAMHS practitioners in relation to their work, including engaging with other agencies that also have responsibilities for the care and support of children and young people with severe mental health problems. The following four main areas are covered:

1 access to services and support; 2 admission and treatment in hospital; 3 rights in hospital; 4 compulsory powers in the community.