PCCSF is an independent professional organisation set up to
support doctors with an interest or involvement in protecting
and safeguarding children. At present, it is funded by membership subscription, run as a not-for-profit company. PCCSF is affiliated to the Alliance of Primary Care Societies from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

We welcome members from all four UK jurisdictions, representing doctors from Primary Care with an interest in
the protection and promotion of welfare of children and young people. Our membership is predominantly GPs but we welcome doctors from other specialties interested in this work.

The benefits of membership include:
· A secure email discussion group;
· A regular newsletter;
· An annual conference ( The 7th is at RCGP in 2014)

A special seminar was held in 2013 to help define the role on Named GPs for Safeguarding Children and prepare a position statement on primary care safeguarding. Membership has grown year by year from 24 in 2007 to 70 in 2014.

For details of membership contact: pccsfmembership@nhs.net

Danny Lang,
Vice Chair, PCCSF

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

CAMHS Review 2008 - Summary of interim report

The DoH has commissioned a review of CAMHS services in England. Having consulted widely, an interim report has been published, which merely acknowledges the fact of critical feedback ,and signposts focus areas for the final analysis, expectd in the Autumn 2008.

Making the whole system work more effectively – the CAMHS Review is considering how leadership and accountability can be clarified and articulated so that children, young people, parents and professionals all understand who is responsible for what, when children need help.

Monitoring and evaluation – the Review suggests that the current focus of monitoring and evaluation on process improvements needs to shift towards the difference being made and outcomes.

Vulnerable children – the Review recognises that in some areas of the country there is still a lack of access to and provision of services for vulnerable children and is looking at ways to better meet their needs.

Workforce development – the Review suggests that approaches to improving mental health and well-being should be a specific aspect of training for the whole children’s workforce.

Resources – current dependence on short-term funding has a negative impact on financial planning and the long term viability of good programmes, workforce stability and recruitment. The Review will explore how this might be improved.

Cultural Change and Implementation – the Review will explore how to improve everybody’s understanding of what can be done to meet a child’s mental health and psychological needs and disseminate good practice.

The review is aimed at ensuring that the educational and psychological needs of all children and young people with mental health problems, or those at risk of developing them, are being met.

Andrew Mowat

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