Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:38 pm on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann 12:38 pm, 17th June 2020

I thank the Secretary of State for giving us this update. Groups such as Links Counselling in my constituency report that referrals to children and adolescent mental health services are down as much as 50% in some areas during lockdown, which he will agree is very concerning. Can he outline what recent assessments have been made of the impact of covid-19 on children and young people’s mental health—specifically the impact of school closures—and what steps he will take alongside the devolved regions to address this vital issue?