Child & Adolescent Mental Health services in the Western Cape of South Africa
Title: Child & Adolescent Mental Health services in the Western Cape of South Africa: Situational Analysis, stakeholder perspectives, and implications for health policy implementation
Problem: There are gaps in knowledge about the needs, barriers and facilitators in child and adolescent mental health services. Further research and robust data are required to understand current policy and services, and to identify key stakeholders for child & adolescent mental health services. It is also crucial to engage key stakeholders, particularly policy development and implementation staff, to increase the likelihood of meaningful policy development and policy implementation.
Project: In this PhD project a policy, situational and stakeholder analysis of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) services, and an exploration of perspectives of users and providers will be done. The study will be conducted in three sequential phases will focus only on the health sector, on primary, secondary and tertiary care services and on formal CAMH services. Policy analysis will be conducted in all nine provinces and the situational analysis will be conducted in the Western Cape only, focusing on information from January 2015 to December 2015. A Theory of Change framework will be used to synthesise findings and develop a service delivery model in collaboration with policy makers to facilitate effective policy implementation.