Mental Health Services: Young People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure cultural sensitivity in the provision of local mental health services for young people.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government is committed to ensuring that all people who have a mental health need can access appropriate support when they need it and are treated sensitively and fairly. Commissioners are responsible for commissioning appropriate cultural provisions when planning services for their population, including children and young people.

Local transformation plans cover all local areas and are expected to make explicit how health inequalities are being addressed based on their Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.

The NHS Long Term Plan also sets out that more will be done to develop and imbed cultures of compassion, inclusion, and collaboration across the National Health Service. This will include developing programmes and interventions towards more diverse leadership to improve the experience of all staff and the population they serve.

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