This paper describes the characteristics of referrals to a new direct access child mental health service for young people in the care of the local authority, during the first six months ( n =32). Consistent problems emerged within four areas: their histories within the care service ( n =18, 56% had had at least one more previous placement); their individual experiences of abuse ( n =23, 72%) and the lack of mental health support provided to redress this; their overall poor educational status; and the psychopathology evident at the time of referral ( n =29, 91% had ICD–10 diagnoses, mainly mixed depressive conduct disorders).
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