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Mental Illness: Children

Question for Department of Health

UIN 219619, tabled on 2 January 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provisions are in place within the Prevalence Study on Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britian to sub-sample the population by ethnicity.

Answered on

9 January 2015

The Department is in the process of commissioning a new prevalence survey of children and young people’s mental health that is comparable to the 2004 survey.

Ministers are currently considering options for the new survey informed by advice from a range of academics and researchers, health and care professionals and their representative bodies, commissioners and survey suppliers. The Department hopes to announce the procurement phase of the survey in the near future.

Final decisions on the scope, sample size, methodology and questionnaire have not yet been made and it is not possible to pre-empt them at this stage or to say exactly what the new survey will cover, although it is likely to provide some data on characteristics such as ethnicity.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care