Mental Health Services: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to improve access to mental health services for children who have (a) been the victims of abuse and (b) experienced other trauma.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out key recommendations for transforming mental health service provision to provide equitable access to high quality care for all people, including children who have been the victim of abuse and or experience other trauma. In January 2017 the Government responded accepting all of the recommendations. A copy of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf

By 2020/21, there will be a significant expansion in access to high-quality mental health care for children and young people. At least 70,000 additional children and young people each year will receive evidence-based treatment.

Additionally the Government published the ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a Green Paper’ on 4 December. This sets out an ambitious set of proposals to transform support for children and young people’s mental health and improve access to National Health Service-funded services. This is supported by an additional £300 million to deliver its key proposals. Further information is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/transforming-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-provision-a-green-paper

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