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Your views wanted on children and young people's mental health provision

Tuesday 12th December 2017

The government has launched a green paper on proposals to provide access to children and young people's mental health support in schools and colleges.

Under schemes to improve services, the government plans to:

  • Introduce 'designated mental health leads' in schools and colleges
  • Set up mental health support teams working with schools to give young people earlier access to services
  • Pilot a four-week waiting time for NHS Children and Young People's Mental Health Services

Watch a video about the proposals below.


Contact's statement on the government's plans

Earlier this year more than 3,000 of you signed our letter to the health secretary calling for improved access to mental health support for disabled children and young people.

For many children, accessing child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) is often the first step in getting a diagnosis for disabilities such as autism and ADHD.

Long waiting times can have the knock-on effect of preventing families accessing support from other services to manage their condition and behaviours.

Amanda Batten, CEO of Contact, says:

"We welcome any measure to reduce waiting time for children and young people's mental health services. Our research shows that a third of disabled children are waiting over a year (after referral) to get access to the mental health services they desperately need.

"Even when they do access mental health services, they are less likely to have their psychiatric and developmental needs recognised, understood and addressed.

"Contact is calling for a clear focus on mental health support for disabled children and their families in the government's green paper." 

Share your views on the new plans

The government wants to hear people's views on the proposals, so it has launched a consultation.

Read the green paper and share your views.

The consultation closes at midday on 2 March 2018.

For advice on accessing mental health services , read our web pages.