The Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network

The Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (VB CAMHs) Network
Lead – Leo Kroll – Lead for Research – Jacinta Tan –

Background and Aims

Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in the UK are undergoing rapid transformation as part of the national 5 Year Forward Plan.  Transformation involves complex changes to the structure and delivery of services: patient centered care, early intervention delivered via schools, and shared decision making are some of the recommended key themes. The recent report from the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (see below for links) details why and how values matter in children and young people’s mental health, together with recommendations for the systems involved in the care of young people.  Three key implementation areas stated in the report are:-
  • Building closer links with schools, and developing a common language for use by schools and families, that includes not only assessment of difficulties but also strengths and well-being.
  • Developing training programmes in values based practice for the professionals involved in CAMHS delivery services. See and scroll down to M for MindEd, Combining Therapies.
  • Undertaking various research programmes including an enquiry about values held by staff, children and families, and why and how values may help or hinder recovery.
The Values Based Practice CAMHS system Network aims to bring together stakeholders, including influential experts from different disciplines such as education, social care, charities, NGOs, general practice, ethics, philosophy, together with experts by experience, including patients and relatives. It will provide a forum that aims to deliver key recommendations of the Commission. See also Search terms identifying the network below

Further Information

The full Commission report and a summary version can be downloaded here: Summary Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (2016) Full-report Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission (2016) Or via the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website at:

Activities and Announcements

The Network will work mainly by email and through local initiatives but we aim to arrange a meeting once a year through the resources of the Collaborating Centre. The Network leads are currently working with others, 1) to extend the range of expertise available to include carers, 2) to establish leads and work programmes for each of the three areas; education and training, service development, and research, and 3) to establish links with individuals and organisations with related interests. An inaugural meeting of the Network will be announced in the autumn through the Collaborating Centre


A list of members will be published following the inaugural meeting of the Network

How to get involved

We welcome new members who have relevant background and expertise and a willingness to contribute to the work of the Network.

Search Terms Identifying the Network

Resident in: UK,; Working in: UK, Other/we welcome non-UK members; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Communications/website, Communications/other/with related interests, Education, Management, Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Meeting/other/related conferences and meetings, Policy/Commissioning, Publications/CUP series, Publications/other/journal articles, Research/philosophy/ concepts of disorder, Research/qualitative studies, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork, Services/other/co-production; Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Evidence-based practice, Ethics, Health economics, Medical humanities/[please specify, erg art, literature, aesthetics], Regulation, Law; Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Child Health, Carer, Mental health/other, Nursing, Primary care, Service user, Social care, Surgery, Well-being.

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WikiVBP Reference Library

The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.

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Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values Based Social Care

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Values-based Surgical Care

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