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5.5 Theme 5: CAMHS Facilities

In order to be able to access and avail of CAMHS the quality of the environment must also be considered. Quality of the

environment is integral to how well CAMHS meet the needs of the children and young people accessing services. As there are no

guidelines or standards which assist in the systemic evaluation of therapeutic environment in Northern Ireland, a standard from

QINMAC (Royal College of Psychiatrists) was used to provide a means of measurable assessment.

The self-assessment included reference to the physical environment. The review team was limited in its ability to comprehensively

validate the quality of the physical environment. The review team found that the children and young people who have accessed

services at these facilities should be invited to comment. In light of this, issues such as the distance people needed to travel to

access the facilities and evaluation of quality of the environment was addressed in the VOYPIC consultation.

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