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Green paper to transform young people’s mental health provision

17th January 2018

In December 2017 the government published a green paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision. It focuses on earlier intervention and prevention - particularly in schools and colleges. The Green Paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it.

The proposed new approach in the Green Paper has three elements, and will initially be piloted in ‘trailblazer areas’:

  1. Every school and college will be incentivised to identify a Designated Senior Lead for Mental Health. This person will provide a link between services and would provide rapid advice, consultation and signposting.
  2. New Mental Health Support Teams will be created and funded, supervised by NHS children and young people’s mental health staff, to provide specific extra capacity for early intervention and ongoing help.
  3. There will be a four-week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services.

The Children and Young People's Mental Health and Well-being Board welcome this paper and will be submitting a collective response on behalf of the board, however we want to promote this opportunity for everyone to have there say on the paper, therefore if you would like to read the Green Paper and contribute your opinions please follow the links below.

View the Green Paper

Have your say

The Green paper is open for consultation until noon 02 March 2018.



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