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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th October 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the conclusion in the the National Audit Office report entitled Improving children and young people’s mental health services, published in October 2018, that the Government’s current plans will not deliver the Future in Mind proposals in full.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of the conclusions of report, Improving children and young people’s mental health services, published by the National Audit Office in October 2018 in relation to the absence of explicit objectives for proposals from Future in Mind on early intervention and resilience.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

This programme is at the half way point and available data suggests the Government is on track to deliver the headline commitment for at least 70,000 additional children and young people each year to access evidence based treatment by 2020/21.

With regards to improving early intervention and resilience, the Government has recently set ambitions for identifying and supporting young people with mental health problems at an earlier stage through bringing education and mental health closer together. These proposals are set out in ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a green paper’. We have begun recruitment of Educational Mental Health practitioners’, who will staff new Mental Health Support Teams in schools as set out in the Green Paper, with training places now open for 210 new staff. Training will start from January 2019.

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