Essential Capabilities for CAMHS

CAMHS/Children and Young People

The Essential Capabilities provide a framework of core values and associated behaviours which form the foundation of high quality services for children and young people. Led by Ian McGonagle of the University of Lincoln, these resources were developed through a process of consultation with children and young people, carers, managers, academics and practitioners.

The Essential Capabilities framework will provide a positive challenge to all those working with children and young people, to encourage examination of the foundations of practice and ensure this practice is well supported and maintained.

The Essential Capabilities are important because, self evidently, for children and young people they are ‘essential’ components of a close, collaborative relationship built on trust, respect and ethical practice. They are based on the theory and practice of effective decision-making where legitimately different and sometimes conflicting values are in play.

Please note: a CD for facilitators is available – please contact the MHRED team using the (contact us button) to request a copy