The Department for Education issued the below statement in light of Theresa May’s speech about CYP mental health this week:
As you may be aware the Prime Minister has made an announcement today on mental health today. We wanted to share with you a summary of the key elements of the announcement in relation to children and young people:
- We are asking CQC to undertake an in-depth thematic review of children and young people’s mental health services in 2017/18 – the first of its kind;
- Across government we will publish a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health in summer 2017, with new proposals for both improving specialist services and increasing focus on preventative activity;
- We want local NHS services to work closer together with schools and colleges to provide dedicated children and young people’s mental health services. We will evaluate models and approaches, exploring the impact that closer working can have. Alongside this we are extending our joint training pilot for single points of contact to up to 1,200 more schools and colleges in 20 areas;
- All secondary schools will be offered mental health ‘first aid’ training for at least one teacher to be trained by the end of 2019, with a third of secondary schools being made this offer in 2017 (the Department of Health are leading on this);
- We will pilot a programme of pilot activity on peer support for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing across schools, colleges and community settings; and
- We will run a programme of randomised control trials (RCT’s) of promising preventative programmes that can be delivered in schools.
To do all of this we need to continue to work with you, young people and their families and we will be very grateful for your expertise and input. We will be working closely with the Department of Health on the roll-out of the mental health first aid training and we will be launching the procurement processes for all the pilots / research activity over the coming weeks.