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Metamorphosis of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Workers

Steven Walker

Angela Ruskin University

Metamorphosis of child & adolescent mental health workers



This presentation will describe and discuss the development of a new Post Qualifying Award and the challenges in trying to synthesise two contemporary processes: the continuing health and social policy imperative towards multi-disciplinary/interprofessional working; and the escalating professional demands created by increasing prevalence and manifestation of child and adolescent mental health problems. Over the last ten years Child and Adolescent Mental Health has been the focus of national policy initiatives, exemplified in the Department of Health (1998) report Our Healthier Nation, Audit Commission (1999) With Children in Mind, Mental Health Foundation, The Children's National Service Framework (2004), The Children Act (2004); and the recommended training in inter-personal skills and child and adolescent mental health care for all professionals, most recently expressed in the National CAMH review (2008). The new award requirements for safe and effective practice fall within the QAA reference to Social Work and Clinical Psychology (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 2004). This programme is specifically designed to appeal to a broad variety of staff working with troubled children and young people seeking an interprofessional education and training experience. It has been highlighted as an exemplar of best practice in the National Children's Workforce Training Strategy by the Department for Education and Skills (2005). It is also endorsed by the Department of Health National CAMHS development project. The programme achieved the TOPSS National Training Strategy Accolade in 2004 for Most Innovative Multi Disciplinary Training and secured GSCC accreditation in 2009.