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Children: Mental Health

Question for Department for Education

UIN 109611, tabled on 25 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will make an assessment of the relevance for public health policy of the recommendations in the What Works Centre for Wellbeing recent report, Happy people wear seat belts: wellbeing and risk-taking, published on 6 October 2017.

Answered on

3 November 2017

The wellbeing of our children and young people is a key priority for this Department. We want all children to have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential and to develop into adults who are confident and productive members of society.

Schools have an important role to play in supporting the resilience and mental health of children and young people. The Department has funded the PSHE Association to publish guidance and a set of age appropriate lesson plans for teaching about mental health issues.

We have published a blueprint for school counselling services which provides schools with practical, evidence-based advice on how to deliver high quality school-based counselling.

Advice has been issued on behaviour and mental health which helps teachers identify those in need, provide effective early support and understand when a referral to a specialist mental health service may be necessary.

The Department has funded the development of MindEd, a free online resource which allows all those working with children and young people to access information on a range of mental health issues.