Rejected referrals to child and adolescent mental health services: audit

A qualitative and quantitative audit of rejected referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).


Thank you to those who took part in this research, primarily the 363 children, young people and family members who participated in the qualitative element of the research. They shared often distressing and difficult experiences in the hope that doing so would help improve services for others. We hope we have been able to do justice to their stories.

Thanks also to the seven Health Boards who participated in the quantitative audit:

  • NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • NHS Borders
  • NHS Dumfries & Galloway
  • NHS Fife
  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Highland


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