Mental Health Green Paper

News - 18 Dec 2017

'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper' has been published by the Department for Education and is open for consultation.

The green paper 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision' proposes that every school and college be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health by 2025.
This designated lead will be a trained member of staff who is responsible for the school’s approach to mental health and who will:
•oversee the help the school gives to pupils with mental health problems
•help staff to spot pupils who show signs of mental health problems
•offer advice to staff about mental health
•refer children to specialist services if they need to.
Other proposals include mental health support teams who will be trained staff linked to groups of schools and colleges. They will offer individual and group help to young people with mild to moderate mental health issues including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties.The support teams will work with the designated mental health leads and provide a link with more specialist mental health services. Mental health support teams will be the link between the NHS and schools.

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