An adolescent mental health service will be changing hands ahead of recommissioning a new service.

Barnet CAMHS, the children and adolescent mental health service, is being remodelled from April 2018, meaning some services will now be provided by Barnet Council in-house rather than in its current format ahead of commissioning a new service.

This is part of the Barnet CAMHS Transformation Plan, which was agreed in 2016 between Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Barnet Council.

Cllr Reuben Thompstone, chairman of the children, education, libraries and safeguarding committee, said: "The safety and welfare of children and young people in Barnet is of paramount importance. "It is important to stress that the short term changes to service delivery is not about cutting services to child and adolescent mental health services and there will be no reduction in funding.

"Our primary focus is on improving these services for children and young people."

The three organisations will be working in partnership from April 1 to ensure "a seamless transfer of these services."