Asghar calls for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service reform

Mohammad Asghar AM has called on the Welsh Government to reform mental health services for children and young people.

Mohammad Asghar said:

“In 2014 the Children, Young People and Education Committee published an inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.”

 

“The Committee found that there was a 100% increase in referrals for these services but the provision was insufficient to meet this increase.”

 

“In a recent meeting with the Committee, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales said that the Together 4 Children and Young People group – dedicated to reforming mental health services for children and young people – has only met once since the group’s inception.”

 

“Even though Welsh Government invested £7 million into the services, there is no explicit commitment in the Programme for Government to reforming CAMHS.”

 

“Throwing money at a problem won’t make it disappear. The Welsh Government must commit to reforming these services.”