‘Still Waiting’ is the culmination of a Rights Based Review of Mental Health Services and Support for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of children and young people’s experiences and pathways to accessing mental health services or support. It looks at a broad range of services that young people may have accessed and considers these against a range of rights based standards. The report also examines service activity and budgeting data relating to mental health services in Northern Ireland and sets out a range of recommendations for improving services that are grounded in the evidence collected.


There are 50 recommendations included in the report, which covers a range of aspects of mental health services and support.

The overarching finding from the Review is the need for a system wide response to the challenges outlined.

All agencies and sectors must work together, taking collective responsibility for taking the recommendations forward. For this reason in most cases, the report has not specified any one agency or department against individual recommendations. The recommendations cover a range of  areas that include a focus on building mental health awareness and understanding, making it easier for young people to get the right help when and where they need it, supporting adults working with children and young people, and supporting young people with additional needs.


Next Steps

NICCY is committed to monitoring the implementation of the recommendations in the ‘Still Waiting’ review and to engaging with all relevant agencies to ensure improved outcomes for children and young people.    

In January 2019 we provided a written submission to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee Inquiry into Health Funding in Northern Ireland.

We published a Status Update Report in October 2019 which provided an interim update on progress and set out our intention to publish a series of four annual monitoring reports.

In February 2020 we made good on that commitment by publishing the first of those Monitoring Reports.  This sets out the background to the ‘Still Waiting’ review, the process we put in place for monitoring and implementing the recommendations flowing from the review, and our assessment of progress to date. 

Briefing Paper

NICCY has produced a short briefing paper on ‘Still Waiting’ which provides a summary of the report findings and recommendations and an update on progress to date regarding dissemination and implementation of the recommendations.  

Report Launch

The report was launched on 27th September 2018 at St Mary's University College, Belfast. 

Initial Responses

Background Information

There are a number of reports that NICCY has produced that provide more background information on the Review, they are listed below.  


Speak Your Mind Campaign

  • Children and young people’s experiences of mental health services and support formed a central part of the Review.
  • The Speak Your Mind recruitment campaign was developed to hear their views - you can find out more here


If you have any questions you can contact the Lead Researcher- Christine Irvine at Christine@niccy.org or on 028 9031 6384.