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Mental Health Services: Children and Young People

Question for Department of Health

UIN 59972, tabled on 13 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Ministers of his Department have had with their Ministerial counterparts at the Department for Education on how schools and child and adolescent mental health services can work more closely together.

Answered on

23 January 2017

The Department of Health and Department for Education are working closely together to deliver the vision set out in Future in Mind, published jointly by both Departments, to improve children and young people’s mental health. This includes work with NHS England in 2015-16 on a £3 million pilot to provide joint training to schools and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) staff and to test how having single points of contact in both schools and CAMHS can improve referrals to specialist services

The Prime Minister announced on 9 January that later this year the Departments will jointly produce a Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health and that we will support schools and the National Health Service in developing closer working by evaluating models and approaches, to explore the impact closer working can have.