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EHWB Consultations

Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper

Message from DH and DfE:

"Dear Colleague

We are pleased to let you know that "Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper" has now been published. Thank you for your input into the policy development process. You can read the full green paper here and respond to the consultation here. The consultation will be open for 13 weeks to allow for the Christmas break, and closes at 12 noon on Friday 2 March 2018. We will be setting up and taking part in a range of consultation events in the new year, including for children and young people. Further details will be available in due course

The headline proposals in the Green Paper are:

  • New measures which signal a fundamental shift in mental health support, with over £300 million funding available 
  • Training for senior designated mental health leads in schools and colleges to improve prevention work 
  • Earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working directly with schools and colleges 
  • New four week waiting time for NHS children and young people's mental health services to be piloted

Under the plans every school and college in England will be incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate existing school-based support as well as helping children to access specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them. Supported by a training package of £15m-£20m a year until all schools have had the opportunity to train leads, the senior leads will also be responsible for developing a "whole school approach" to mental health and wellbeing - including making sure pastoral support is available for all pupils and that strong policies are in place to reduce bullying and other behaviours that can cause mental distress.

A further £209 million will be available to create new Mental Health Support Teams which will improve join-up between schools/colleges and the NHS. The teams will provide a wider range of support and treatments in or near schools and colleges, to improve earlier intervention to so mental health problems can be addressed before they become too serious. Several thousand people are expected to be recruited over the next five years to form these new teams, which could be trained to offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based treatments. Supervised by clinicians they will also work closely with educational psychologists, school nurses, counsellors, social workers and others to assess and refer children for other specialist treatments if necessary.

Other measures set out in the Green Paper include:

  • Ensuring every primary and secondary school in the country is offered mental health awareness training. 
  • Ensuring teaching all pupils about mental health and wellbeing is a focus of our work to improve the quality of relationships education and PSHE. 
  • A new working group to look at mental health support for 16-25 year olds. 
  • Commissioning further research to fill evidence gaps across children's mental health, including understanding how better to support vulnerable families.

Any questions about the consultation can be sent to

Best wishes,

Matthew Hopkinson on behalf of the Department for Education
Catherine Tyack on behalf of the Department of Health
Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper team"

Salford responses: please email your response to


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