Schools: Mental Health Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th January 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Royal College of Psychiatrists briefing entitled Children and young people's mental health, published in November 2018, what plans his Department has to ensure the timely roll-out of designated senior leads and mental health support teams in schools; and whether his Department has a timetable for the roll-out of such initiatives in every school.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Over the next five years the NHS will fund new Mental Health Support Teams working in schools and colleges which will be rolled out to between one fifth and a quarter of England by 2023. This will start with 25 trailblazer areas which will be fully operational by the end of 2019. Next steps for roll out are being considered as part of the NHS long term plan and will be informed by the evaluation of the initial trailblazers.

The designated senior lead for mental health training will be available from the academic year 2019/20, over a five-year period, so that all schools and colleges have the chance to train a lead.

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