About our Looked After Minds campaign

Mental health matters to care-experienced children and young people. It is consistently raised as one of the key priorities from young people themselves, but their calls for action are not being taken seriously enough and they are often left waiting for the support they need.

The risks of poor mental health faced by care-experienced children and young people are significantly greater than their peers. We need to move away from a mental health system that requires its patients to be in crisis, towards one that is truly proactive: advocating on behalf of care-experienced children and young people; supporting them through crucial times such as entering adulthood; addressing trauma at the earliest opportunity; and striving for childhoods that are full of positive experiences and love.

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What we want to happen

NYAS’ Looked After Minds campaign is calling for the Governments in England and Wales to take urgent action to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of care-experienced children and young people.

NYAS Cymru recommended to Welsh Government that they ‘pause’ all transitions from CAMHS during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was agreed, and correspondence was sent from Welsh Government to Local Health Boards. We felt that this transition is a risky and sometimes mismanaged period even in normal times, and are delighted that this policy decision will protect mental health and could save lives.

The principles of our Looked after Minds report :

Download the full Looked after Minds report

The report recommends what action is needed. NYAS’ message to all care-experienced people is that the Looked After Minds campaign hears you, and we will not stop working together to improve mental health and wellbeing policies.