Improving transition from children to adult mental health services

For the LGA, good mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults is an absolute priority. Councils have responsibilities for children’s mental health through their children’s and public health services, as well as their role on health and wellbeing boards and as local system leaders.

Early in 2019, the LGA held an event to discuss improving transition from children and young people’s to adult mental health services.

The purpose of the event was to find out more, exchange ideas, discuss and debate how to make the experience young people have of moving from children’s mental health services to adult mental health services as smooth as possible. The scope was beyond purely medical services, to all the support a young person may need.

The event provoked a rich discussion, and this write-up sets out the recommendations, opinions and suggestions of good practice offered by the delegates.