Mental health service transitions for young people

Service styles, models and barriers: Introduction

My key worker, she's brilliant, I love her to bits and I could go to her about anything. (p 15)19


  • Refer young people to age-appropriate, accessible services where they exist; tell commissioners and providers where they don't exist.
  • Do not assume that young people in CAMHS need transfer to AMHS. For example, some young people may not meet the criteria for severe and enduring mental illness and thus may not be eligible for AMHS.
  • Offer young people additional and alternative support to AMHS including support from non-health settings, voluntary sector services, primary health care (including GPs) and other universal services.

This section describes service models and styles that young people and their families find positive and helpful. Barriers include eligibility criteria which can be overcome - for example, by service design.

In this section: