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This survey has been created to gather the views of parents and young people on the service specification for Child and Adolescent Low Secure Services. It should take about 20 minutes to complete (including the time it takes to read the service specification). If you have any questions or would like some support completing the survey, please email

Who can participate?
Any young person, parent or carer - whether or not you have accessed or tried to access Tier 4 CAMHS services.


What are Low Secure Units?

Low Secure Units are designed to care for young people who require secure care because they are at high risk of harming themselves or someone else due to their mental illness.

They also provide a safe place for young people who have left a Medium Secure unit and need continuing care.

What's a service specification?
This is a set of requirements and standards for the people responsible for running a service. These key requirements form a contract between NHS England and the providers of a service.

It may be helpful to have the service specification open in another window whilst you complete the survey.

You can click here to open the proposed service specification from NHS England (opens in a new window).

What has changed?
This specification has changed to make sure that hospital care is a clearer part of the young person’s whole care journey and fits better with the support they receive in their community. This includes more intensive care being available for the young person outside of a hospital setting, better working between hospital and community teams and the other services supporting the young person.

Why am I being asked?
To ensure the standards and requirements that make up NHS England service specifications are informed by the children, young people, parents and carers who are impacted by these decisions. It will shape the specification before providers bid to run these services.

Your views
Young people have told us that they want to be involved in decision making about their mental health treatment:
1. During the Admissions and Referral process
2. During care and treatment planning
3. During transitions and discharge out of a service
4. When services are being designed and delivered

We will be using these recommendations from young people to ask you some of the questions about the changes in the service specification.