Key Issues: Children and adolescents may experience mental health issues directly with some mental health problems showing an increased prevalence in a younger age group.Indirectly parental mental health problems may affect young people’s experience through child-rearing and attachment and/or as young carers looking after a parent with mental health needs.Young people need services that are integrated and responsive spanning needs which can be addressed by mental health promotion through to specialist child and adolescent mental health services.Statutory child care policies need to dovetail with the CPA for adults to underpin interprofessional working.A biopsychosocial model that addresses the needs of children and their parents in accordance with this framework can provide a useful starting point for an integrated assessment that takes into account the needs of children and their caregivers in a holistic way.
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