To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his tweet at 2pm on 25 September 2018 on the Panorama programme, Kids in Crisis, broadcast on 24 September 2018, what action he has taken to ensure children have the mental health support they need; and if he will meet with Sean Fletcher, the presenter of that programme.
19 November 2018
The Government is making an additional £1.4 billion available for children’s mental health service transformation. Clinical commissioning group spend on children’s mental health has increased by 35% since 2015/16 and we are on target to see an additional 70,000 children annually in specialist NHS health services by 2020/21.
We published ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper’ in December last year. This set out ambitious proposals to fill the gap in support for children and young people’s mental health. We are:
- Incentivising and supporting all schools and colleges to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health - funding new training to help leads put in place whole school approaches to mental health;
- Introducing new Mental Health Support Teams working in or near schools and colleges to provide earlier access to a wider range of support and treatments; and
- Piloting a new four week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services so that specialist help is available sooner.
We will pilot our proposals through our trailblazer sites, which will be announced soon. I will be meeting with Sean Fletcher, on behalf of the Secretary of State, to discuss children and young people’s mental health.