Mental Health Services: Pupils

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will fund age-appropriate mental health support for pupils beyond the trail blazer pilots and pre-covid-19 content in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We are funding age-appropriate support beyond the trailblazer pilots. The first 59 mental health support teams are becoming operational and 123 teams will be in place in schools and colleges by early 2021 with the programme rolling out to at least 20-25% of the country by 2023.

In addition, as children and young people returned to schools and colleges for autumn term, we invested £8 million through the Wellbeing for Education Return project, enabling local authorities to fund mental health and wellbeing experts to provide advice and resources for education staff to support and promote children and young people’s mental health.

We remain committed to the aims in the NHS Long Term Plan which will see an additional 345,000 children and young people in England having access to support via NHS-funded mental health services and school-or college-based mental health support teams by 2023/24.

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