Hafal’s survey on children and young people’s well-being and mental health has been a great success with over 200 responses.
The High Needs Collaborative, an alliance of mental health charities Hafal, Bipolar UK, Mental Health Foundation and Diverse Cymru, have been working in partnership with Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People to find out how services for children and young people can be improved.
The online survey, which closed on 30 October, is part of a wider consultation on children and young people’s well-being and mental health that has taken place in schools and in third sector projects across Wales.
Young people under 25 and service users and carers with experience of NHS-provided Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) were asked their views on mental health services.
Preliminary findings suggest that three-quarters of CAMHS users have a negative experience of CAMHS.
Hafal’s panel of young people are now in the process of examining the findings before making recommendations in a report that will be published later this year. The report will support Welsh Government’s review of CAMHS under the ‘Together for Children and Young People Programme’.
Hafal’s lead on the consultation, Mike Wood, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that so many people completed our online survey. I’d like to thank everyone that did – it’s vital that people who receive services have a voice in the development of future services.”