'Increase spending on child mental health services': Paul Burstow

Former health minister Paul Burstow is calling on the government to pump more money into tackling a wide range of mental health conditions through its children's mental health investment programme.

The ex-MP, who lost his Surrey seat at the general election and was care minister in the Coalition government between 2010 and 2012, said the government's £1.25billion investment to turn around CAMHS by 2020 should prioritise children with depression and anxiety, conduct disorders and those at risk of self-harm and suicide.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Children and Young People Now on the day he was appointeed the new chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, he said the funding must also help reform the way in which CAMHS are delivered by giving children more control over their care, access to a wider range of evidence-based therapies, more support for children's families and better trained clinicians.

Read the interview in full here