Response to Green Paper on young people's mental health

4 December 2017

The Department for Health published Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper today (Monday 4 December), outlining new measures which represent a fundamental shift in mental health support for children and young people.

In response, Paul Jenkins, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said:

“The Green Paper is a sign that the Government is taking seriously the need not only to increase resources but also to improve access to support for children and young people’s mental health. We are delighted that The Tavistock’s collaborative model of schools-based provision in Camden has inspired their thinking. We are grateful to the Health and Educations Select Committees and their fact-finding visit to one of our schools, which allowed us to demonstrate the improvements in both access and outcomes a presence in schools is able to deliver.

"As in Camden, we believe in order for this model to truly work it must be linked to the local CAMHS service and work in partnership with other local agencies. The Tavistock will be responding in detail to the consultation and look forward to sharing our model and our learning from over 10 years delivering a schools outreach service locally.”

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