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Is emotional and mental health support for children and young people changing for the better?

12/07/2017

The emotional and mental health support available for children and young people in Wales is the focus for a new National Assembly Committee inquiry launching today (12 July).  The Children, Young People and Education Committee will look at whether a programme to reform Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is on track to deliver the ‘step-change’ in services that is needed. 

Three years ago, a report from a previous Children, Young People and Education Committee raised serious concerns about Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Wales.  At the same time, the Welsh Government announced a ‘root and branch review’ to modernise services for the future. 

The inquiry will look at how the multi-agency Together for Children and Young People Programme is improving emotional and mental health services.  The inquiry will also examine how effectively the Programme has been in improving the resilience of children and young people through early intervention and prevention work.  It will also look at access to specialist mental health services and how effectively they are supporting children and young people.   

Lynne Neagle AM, Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee said:

“This inquiry will focus on whether children and young people are getting the help that they need, as soon as they need it. 

“We will also be looking at how the support available in schools and colleges is working and how the new curriculum will be used to tackle poor mental health and improve emotional resilience in children and young people.

“We hope to hear from children and young people who have used these services, as well as parents, carers, mental health and educational professionals and people who work with children in care.

“When the new school term starts we will be launching a targeted survey for use within schools.  I want to encourage everyone who can contribute to get in touch and share your experiences with us.”

The consultation is open until Friday 29 September 2017.  More information about the inquiry, including how to contribute, will be available on the Committee’s web pages or via the Committee’s Twitter feed.  

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