RQIA Independent Review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health ...


RQIA Independent Review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health ...


The majority of young people interviewed understood the issue of

confidentiality and had it explained to them. Young people in the Belfast Trust

were able to explain the parameters of confidentiality when there are child

protection concerns. In the Belfast Trust young people noted that they felt

that the staff in CAMHS were very mindful of confidentiality. It is of concern

that in the Northern Trust half of the participants were not sure if they had

confidentiality explained to them.

Young people stated that:

“No, you just go into a clinical room, there are

introductions and they begin the session.”

Southern Trust

All Trusts (64)

Trust Name (Total no. of

participants per Trust

BHSCT (18)

NHSCT (13)


SHSCT (12)

WHSCT (13)

Don't know



0 10 20 30 40 50 60

Number of responses by trust

Figure 9: Participants’ responses when asked if the issue of confidentiality was


Involvement In More Than One Service Within CAMHS

Twenty-one of 64 young people had been involved with more than one

service. Nine of these young people were from the Belfast Trust and they had

transferred to the inpatient service at Beechcroft. Of these, only three young

people cited a positive experience with the remaining six young people

describing the experience as negative, using words such as scary, quite bad,

quick. One young person stated that the impact on them of their detention

was not positive. There was a mix of feelings regarding the transition across

services in the other trust areas. Two young people who accessed support

outside Northern Ireland had a very positive transition, whereas generally

young people described their move to CAMHS inpatient services in negative

terms. Some of the young people who moved to adult services described it

as a scary and distressing experience.


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