LGA responds to NSPCC report on school referrals for mental health treatment
15 May 2018 09:53 AM
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, responded to an NSPCC report on school referrals for mental health treatment
“If we are to tackle the crisis in children’s mental health, we need a root-and-branch overhaul of existing services. We need to develop a system that says yes, rather than no, to children when they ask for help.
“These worrying findings reinforce our call for councils and schools to be given the funding to offer independent mental health counselling so pupils have access to support as and when they need it.
“Providing just a small proportion of the funding the Government is spending on mental health support nationally on school counselling is one way the Government can ensure every child and young person enjoys the bright future they deserve.”
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