We were commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to evaluate the implementation and impact of Community Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (F:CAMHS) across England.
Community F:CAMHS are 13 highly specialist Tier 4 services. Community F:CAMHS provides input to the network around children and young people who are experiencing mental health and/or learning difficulties, and who are in contact with the youth justice system or present with a high risk of harm to self or others.
Our evaluation study comprised a mixed-methods design, combining quantitative service activity and feedback data, questionnaires and interviews with young people or their parents and carers, and interviews with staff and referrers. We also carried out an economic evaluation.