• To better understand the challenges involved in the delivery of mental healthcare to children and young people involved with youth justice services
• To enhance your knowledge of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on specialist child and adolescent mental health services
• To reflect on ways in which face-to-face, remote and digitally delivered care can be combined when working alongside young people involved in offending and their families and carers
During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have had to respond to increased psychological distress while shifting to digital and remote forms of service delivery. This article provides some reflections on the provision of mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic to children and young people affected by adverse childhood experiences and involved with youth justice services.
The reflections are drawn from the authors’ experience as clinicians and researchers staffing and supporting a project based in an NHS specialist CAMHS team. They detail a range of challenges which have emerged during the pandemic in combining remote and direct means of service delivery and in providing support to children and young people and their surrounding networks of families, professionals, and informal or professional carers.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1571Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Archard PJ, Levy A, Hardy S-J et al (2021) Delivering specialist care to children and young people involved with youth justice services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1571
Published online: 28 September 2021
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