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NHS Confederation - More to do to support children and young people’s mental health as impact of pandemic develops

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, responded to the Children’s Commissioner’s annual report into the state of children’s mental health services in England 

“The pandemic has created a multitude of new challenges for children and young people, and with frequent interruptions to education, coupled with isolation from friends and family, there will be a great deal of work to be done to ensure they are provided with high quality mental health services in future.

“While we know that they are already being offered that high quality provision in some places, we also know there is more to do.

“The Government, and in turn, local systems, must prioritise and drive this agenda forward. This means fully funding and implementing the policy blueprint, and fast-tracking the expansion of mental health support teams in schools. 

“Early intervention can help to prevent more serious problems later in life, and this will be particularly important as estimates from the Centre for Mental Health suggest 1.5 million children and young people will need new or additional support because of the pandemic. Our members having been working tirelessly through the pandemic; their dedication and commitment is incredible, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

Original article link: https://www.nhsconfed.org/news/2021/01/more-to-do-to-support-children-and-young-people-s-mental-health-as-impact-of-pandemic-develops

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