Mental Health Services: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th January 2021.

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Photo of Kate Osborne Kate Osborne Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on children’s mental health services.

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

Children and young people’s mental health services have remained open throughout the pandemic offering digital and remote access to maintain support and accept new referrals. This will continue over the winter ensuring children, young people and parents can access appropriate support whether face to face, via the telephone or via digital means.

The National Health Service has also provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week all-age crisis lines across the country. The Department has given more than £10 million of grant funding to the voluntary sector and funded the £8 million wellbeing for education return scheme to support children’s mental health.

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