How can we transform children and young people’s mental health provision? We need your views.

Date/Time

21/02/2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location

Broughton Hall Catholic High School
Yew Tree Lane, West Derby Liverpool

This consultation – about the Government Green Paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ – will be for staff who work with children and young people. It will feed directly into Government policy, we want to hear your views.

Green Papers are consultation documents produced by the Government. The aim of this document is to allow people both inside and outside Parliament to give the department feedback on its policy or legislative proposals.

This Green paper the Government is proposing will feature:

A mental health lead in every school and college (by 2025). This designated lead will:

  • Oversee the help the school gives to pupils with mental health problems;
  • Help staff to spot pupils who show signs of mental health problems;
  • Offer advice to staff about mental health; and
  • Refer children to specialist services if they need to.

The designated leads will be offered training to develop their skills in leading mental health work.

Curriculum

The Government will also ask for people’s views on how children and young people should learn about mental health in school.

Mental health support teams working with schools and colleges

  • Mental health support teams will be trained staff linked to groups of schools and colleges. They will offer individual and group help for young people with mild to moderate mental health issues including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties.
  • The support teams will work with the designated mental health leads and provide a link with more specialist mental health services.

Shorter waiting times

  • The government wants to reduce the time it takes to get treatment from children and young people’s mental health services. Some of the areas with new mental health support teams will try for four weeks.

Mental health of 16- to 25-year-olds

  • Plans to set up a new national partnership to improve mental health services for young people aged 16 to 25.
  • Improving understanding of mental health.

Internet and social media

  • Plans to work with the Children’s Commissioner to explore how social media affects the health of children and young people.
  • The Chief Medical Officer will produce a report on the impact that technology has on children and young people’s mental health.

Researching how to support families

Understand how to give the best support to families who need more help. Gathering information to look at:

  • How parents and carers can bond better with their children, which helps their mental health
  • How to support families where parents or their children have a higher risk of developing a mental health problem

The results of this research will be used to create guidance for local areas about the best parenting programmes. This will help local areas improve the support they give to families and get value for money.

Researching how to prevent mental health problems

  • Bring different mental health experts together to look at how mental health problems can be prevented.
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