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Mental Health Green Paper Comment

Responding to the Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health Alison Michalska, President of ADCS, said:

“ADCS welcomes the Green Paper’s focus on improving children and young people’s mental health and its emphasis on early help and prevention. Poor mental health and wellbeing can have a devastating and lifelong impact on the lives of children and their families so it’s crucial that children receive the right support, in the right place and at the earliest opportunity to prevent mental health problems from becoming entrenched and reaching crisis point. The Green Paper rightly acknowledges the vital role of schools in the early identification and support of pupils with mental health problems. Schools see children and young people every day. They are often more aware of the challenges facing their pupils than the local authority or other services and the impact that external factors can have on their ability to learn. Promoting good mental health in our children now is essential if we are to create happy productive citizens in the future.

“We welcome the additional funding to support the proposals outlined today which will go some way towards improving mental health support for children and young people, however, the need for a sustainable, long term funding strategy for children and young people’s mental health services is clear and urgent. Without this it is unlikely that the child and adolescent mental health system will be transformed in the way that vulnerable children so rightly need and deserve. Many of the proposals outlined today seem sensible but it will take time to read through the finer details. The Association will be responding to the consultation in due course once we have gathered the views of our members.”


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