Mental health service transitions for young people

Planning and practice in transition: Introduction

Policy emphasises the importance of establishing clear pathways for the different types of mental health needs presented by young people. Delivering good practice will include the development of effective partnerships, which involve service users, take account of the needs of black and minority ethnic communities and provide services via buildings that are accessible and age appropriate.(p 8) (17)


Begin planning as early as you can, and at least six months before the discharge from CAMHS, as well as managing realistic expectations for the input from adult services.

Transition is a process that requires:

The TRACK study18 defines the best  transition services as those which feature: 

In this section: