Children and young people's mental health

Demand for children and young people's emotional health and well-being services (CYP) across Surrey has been unprecedented during the last two years.

In response, a revised CYP Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy will be published in October 2022, articulating the expansion of services to support the population.

Supporting children an young people's mental health

  1. Demand and capacity – The system is actively addressing waiting list backlogs for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment and is committed to continuing medical reviews, primary care responses and commission additional capacity to enable reduced waiting times. In addition, we will continue to manage the reduction in out-of-area placements by coordinating admission avoidance care and individual case assessment.
  2. Eating Disorders  Referrals and care complexity increased locally and nationally during the pandemicWe will be undertaking further needs assessments into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognising the increase in referrals and acuity, a Safety Plan has been developed to support the ongoing patient waiting-list risk assessment and care support packages. In addition, the system is establishing several hospital beds to support the needs of children with eating disorders.