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NEWS: Young people told us that they wanted mental health services to be available within schools

Dr Wollaston, chair of the health select committee, states "Young people told us that they wanted services to be available within schools."

"We are today launching a call for evidence for a follow-up inquiry into children's and adolescents' mental health and the role of schools in prevention and early intervention.

"This will include examining the impact of social media and bullying."

The government last year pledged £1.4bn for child mental health by 2020, but a report found millions of pounds was being used to offset NHS cuts elsewhere and was not making the frontline.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said child mental illness was an area where the government needed to do "a lot better", telling The World at One that changes needed to be made.

He said: "It is partly about making financial commitment which I believe we are making. It is also about consistency of service because, as Mark Austin and other people have pointed out, it is very patchy."

Conservative MP Dr Wollaston, a GP, said "too many" young people were being treated for "the most complicated and severe problems for the want of early intervention". She said: "Although a lot of money has been given towards children and young people's mental health, relatively little of that is getting to the frontline and there's huge variations, so some councils are spending as little as £2 per child on mental health services whereas others are spending over £100."


Future events of interest: 

Transforming Mental Health Services for Children & Young Adults
Monday 30 January 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Safeguarding Children: Level 3 Mandatory Safeguarding Training in Accordance with the Intercollegiate Guidelines
Monday 16 January 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

30 November 2016


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