normanlambThe Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme has selected 24 new sites to join its Children and Young People's programme.

The new sites are based across England, extending the reach of the programme so that more children and young people across the country will benefit from improved Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) that are personalised and tailored to them as individuals. The new sites mean that the programme will be working with services covering 54% of 0-19 year olds in England by the end of this year.

Children and Young People's IAPT aims to support local CAMHS in the NHS, Local Authorities and Voluntary sector, to work more closely with its young clients and their families through feeding back the outcome of treatment during therapy sessions. Services joining the programme must involve children, young people and families in service design, and improve access to the best possible evidence based practice.

The programme is a four year initiative initially commissioned by the Department of Health, which began in 2011. Each year it provides sites with an opportunity to join, with this year seeing a significant rise in the number of applications received.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: "We want all children to have good, safe mental health care - this is an essential part of our commitment to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.

"We already know that most lifelong mental health problems start to develop by the age of 14 and early interventions can help someone to manage their condition or recover completely.

"That is why we will continue our drive for better care and to expand this programme so that more children can be treated."

The CYP IAPT programme involves children and young people in its design and throughout their treatment and has been very well received by children, young people and their families and staff alike.