2 May 2017

Responding to the joint report by the House of Commons and Education and Health Committees on Children and young people’s mental health and the role of education. The Children’s Society Sam Royston Director of Policy and Research said:

 

“The Children’s Society has long been calling for children and young people to have mental health and well-being support in schools and FE colleges so we welcome the recommendations in this report.

 

“Right now schools and colleges are having their budgets significantly reduced and at the same time mental health spending in schools is patchy and inconsistent. In order to ensure that children and young people get the help they need the funding crisis needs to be urgently addressed and some of the CAMHS transformation money must be ring-fenced to provide early intervention services in schools.

 

“With so many mental health problems start before the age of 18 we want all schools and colleges across the UK to be actively involved in their local CAMHS transformation plans and to make counselling services accessible to all students. We need politicians to maintain their commitment to monitoring children’s well-being so that enough is being done to ensure children are heard and helped.”

Notes to Editor

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

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