This seminar brought together stakeholders and key policymakers to discuss priorities for improving children and young people’s mental health provision.
It followed the release of proposals in the Government’s green paper on children’s mental health, including the introduction of specialist mental health leads in schools and colleges, the creation of new community-based mental health support teams and the piloting of 4-week waiting times for services.
The seminar also took place as the Education and Health and Social Care Select Committees released the response of their joint inquiry examining the scope and potential impact of the green paper, alongside the on-going Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health.
Delegates discussed the potential challenges for implementing these key proposals - including funding concerns and the impact on teaching resources - as well as strategies for improving provision in the immediate term, and for developing a collaborative approach between schools, CAMHS and the voluntary sector.
Further sessions examined the final findings and recommendations of the Care Quality Commission’s review, which called for local councils to provide a clear local offer of care and support for children, and for Ofsted to consider the mental health support offered to children and young people as part of their inspection of schools.