• Health;
  • education;
  • schools;
  • mental health;
  • collaboration

It is now widely agreed that meeting the mental health needs of children and young people is a task only possible if all children's services work together. Recent epidemiological data indicate that schools are a key entry point to mental health services for children and young people, and have an important role in the assessment and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. This paper explores the rationale for collaborative working between health and educational professionals, examines some examples of good practice, explores factors contributing to their success or failure and considers future developments.