Overlooked and Forgotten: a review of how well children and young people's mental health is being prioritised in the current commissioning landscape

1 October 2014

This report, which is based on a review of joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and joint health and wellbeing strategies (JHWS) found that local areas are not prioritising children and young people's mental health needs. 

The key findings were:

  • 2 in 3 Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) do not measure levels of children and young people’s mental health needs locally
  • Data most commonly used to estimate prevalence of mental health need is almost a decade old
  • 1 in 3 Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWS) do not prioritise children and young people’s mental health
  • Areas of good practice are present, but are not prominent enough to reduce the economic burden of mental health

Download  the full report of Overlooked and Forgotten.