To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for a Covid Recovery Mental Health Strategy for children and young people involving (a) the NHS, (b) schools, (c) colleges and (d) the voluntary sector which will include (i) online, (ii) telephone and (iii) face-to-face support services.
We are ensuring that children and young people’s mental health services remain open for business during this latest phase of the pandemic. Mental health providers continue to offer support using digital, remote and face to face approaches, where appropriate, to continue assessment and treatment during social distancing measures.
This is part of the wider support across the whole system supporting children and young people including education settings, local authorities, the voluntary sector and other services working in partnership to support children and young people’s mental health. We are also working with the National Health Service, Public Health England and others to gather evidence and assess the potential longer-term mental health impacts of COVID-19.
We will bring forward a winter plan for mental health and wellbeing in due course.