Improving children and young people's mental health outcomes by 2020 is a national priority. Transforming child and adolescent mental health services is vital for us to be able to meet this challenge.

The Local Government Association (LGA), Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS), the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Association of Directors of Public Health are working in partnership with NHS England, the Department of Health (DH) and wider partners to support local areas to transform services.

This is a living web resource which will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Best start in life

This publication explores the promotion of good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people. It goes on to highlight local government's integral role in public health and examines six case studies.

Development of plans

The LGA, SOLACE, ADCS and ADPH are working with NHS England and DH to ensure local communities benefit from the available investment to the children and young people's mental health (CYPMH). All 125 LTPs have been submitted and the monies are now being released to local clinical commissioning groups.

Tools to support the implementation of ‘Future in Mind'

The Children's Mental Health Taskforce report; ‘Future in Mind' (March 2015) set out a clear direction for local leadership across the system to work together to improve mental health services and outcomes. This self-assessment tool will enable local areas to assess their readiness to meet the recommendations made in Future in Mind.

Briefing on the work of local Healthwatch and children's mental health and wellbeing

This briefing provides a number of examples of work local Healthwatch are taking forward in relation to  CYPMH as well as key findings from the work. Local Healthwatch are independent organisations working across all 152 local authorities in England and give communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their area.

CAMHS Modelling Tool

The CAMHS Modelling Tool helps NHS commissioners and local authority partners to plan and improve child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in their area.

Service Snapshot and Needs Assessment Report – CAMHS

We've updated these reports with the latest available data for local authorities and CCGs. You can generate reports for your local area showing evidence-based information on prevalence and risk factors affecting children and the provision of services.

Comprehensive CAMHS Workforce Planning Tool

The National CAMHS Workforce Programme has worked with ChiMat to develop the web based Comprehensive CAMHS Integrated Workforce Planning Tool. It has been piloted with Children's Trusts and CAMHS Partnerships across England. Use the tool to support your local workforce planning process.

Local transformation plans

Following the results of our recent survey, you can now access the completed Local transformation plans (LTPs).

Children and young people's mental health services baselining report: Local Transformation Plans Review 2015


YoungMinds is a charity designated to supporting young people, their parents and system leaders. It provides a wide variety of information and good practice examples. Building emotional resilience in young people will help to prevent them from experiencing common mental health problems before they become serious issues.