This book is an accessible and practical guide to all of the key issues and practices in mental health care for children and young people, aimed at all health and social care professionals working with this age group and partner agencies who work alongside child and adolescent mental health services. Written by an expert in the field, the book brings clarity to practice by exploring and explaining the context, role and processes involving child and adolescent mental health services. It also sets out the specific mental health difficulties young people and their families present to services as well as how to make good health assessments, plans and interventions used in the treatment of children and young people – including managing risk and safeguarding. Features of the book include: questions to encourage your reflection on different key issues in your own practice; up to date information on current policy; and, key points summaries and suggested further reading at the end of each chapter. This text will be an invaluable tool for all students and practitioners working with children and young people in a health context.

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