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Have your say - government launches consultation on children’s mental health

The government has launched a consultation on its green paper on children and young people’s mental health.

Proposed measures include introducing training for senior designated mental health leads in schools to improve prevention work, earlier access to services through the creation of new Mental Health Support Teams working in, and directly with, schools, and a four-week waiting time period for accessing specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

If you’re a professional working in Hertfordshire, share your views to help inform the multi-agency response by clicking here.*

* school staff can register for an account to download useful resources, like lesson plans.
To register, click here and click on the link ‘To access schools forum you must be logged in’ underneath the menu on the left hand side. Click on the new user tab, fill out the form and your account will be sent for approval.

You can read the full green paper here and can respond online by midday on Friday 2 March, 2018.

Details of a number of consultation events for early 2018, including for children and young people will be announced shortly.

Green paper author, Catherine Tyack, from the Department of Health, visited Hertfordshire in October, meeting CAMHS Transformation manager Maria Nastri and numerous mental health professionals from Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust’s (HPFT).

Hertfordshire was one of 10 places that health and social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited as part of the national thematic review into children and young people’s mental health services contributing to the green paper. The CQC team met countless professionals from across schools, health and social care, including CAMHS providers, groups of young people, parents and carers, to hear about the changes already made and future improvements in coproduction as part of Hertfordshire’s CAMHS Transformation programme.