‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

  • “This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his father and a family breakdown.He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his mental health quickly deteriorated.
  • Image caption – – Callum with his father – – – – England’s children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme there should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.She said the care system…
  • ‘Good and bad’ counsellorsMs Longfield’s comments came as the Social Care Institute for Excellence published its recommendations to help improve the wellbeing of children in care.It said a “virtual mental health lead” should be established, “to ensure that every child and young person in the system is getting the support…
  • Image copyright – Eleanor Bentall – – – – – Image caption – – Anne Longfield says the children “moved around” the care system are most in need of support – – – – Callum said his self-harm became so destructive “I had a cut from my hip down to…
  • “Anne Longfield said the children most in need of support were those who had been “moved around” the care system more frequently.She added that with more children coming into the care system at an older age it was vital to introduce mental health support as early as possible, as these…

England’s children’s commissioner says the system must help children recover from traumatic upbringings.
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‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’

  • “This is what life was like for Callum after he was taken into care aged 13 in 2008, following the death of his father and a family breakdown.He told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme his mental health quickly deteriorated.
  • Image caption – – Callum with his father – – – – England’s children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme there should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.She said the care system…
  • ‘Good and bad’ counsellorsMs Longfield’s comments came as the Social Care Institute for Excellence published its recommendations to help improve the wellbeing of children in care.It said a “virtual mental health lead” should be established, “to ensure that every child and young person in the system is getting the support…
  • Image copyright – Eleanor Bentall – – – – – Image caption – – Anne Longfield says the children “moved around” the care system are most in need of support – – – – Callum said his self-harm became so destructive “I had a cut from my hip down to…
  • “Anne Longfield said the children most in need of support were those who had been “moved around” the care system more frequently.She added that with more children coming into the care system at an older age it was vital to introduce mental health support as early as possible, as these…

England’s children’s commissioner says the system must help children recover from traumatic upbringings.
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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Lack of secure mental health beds scandalous, says judge

Mental health bed shortage 'scandalous'

  • Image caption – – In 2016, Boy Y was sent, by Norfolk County Council – which is responsible for his care – hundreds of miles away to a secure unit in Scotland – – – – A teenager who was a risk to himself and the public could not be…
  • Secure accommodation was sought for Boy Y, from Norfolk, in July but none was available.Mr Justice Holman, who ruled on an injunction over the case, said the lack of secure beds was “scandalous”.
  • In response, Boy Y was sent by Norfolk County Council – responsible for his care – hundreds of miles away to a secure unit in Scotland.
  • Mental health beds for young people – – – – – – – – – There are about 1,440 hospital beds for children and young people with mental health problems in the NHS in England.A recent review found they were not evenly spread – for example, some areas had no…
  • Eleven days later, the council decided he should go back to a secure unit.But by then, his bed had gone and his father was told none for adolescents were available in England, Scotland or Wales.

A teenager at risk to himself and others could not be found a secure mental health bed for a month.
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NHS staff to help anxious school pupils

  • But the Welsh Government’s new scheme is the first to result from a nationally driven initiative, albeit initially in three pilot areas.Specialist health staff will be on hand to offer advice and support to teachers at the pilot schools in North East, South East and West Wales to help tackle…
  • The Welsh Government believes that getting mental health professionals into schools on a more regular basis – around a couple of hours a week – will help monitor the wellbeing of pupils before more serious complications develop.
  • Yoga sessions and apps for mindfulness therapy are part of one Welsh school’s plans to promote mental health for their pupils.
  • Image caption – – Welsh Health Sec Vaughan Gething and Education Secretary Kirsty Williams with pupils at Crickhowell High School discussing mental health challenges for teenagers – – – – Staff at Crickhowell High School have drawn up a wellbeing strategy in recognition of increasing pressures on teenagers, both academic…
  • It was here that the Welsh Government’s Health Secretary Vaughan Gething and Education Secretary Kirsty Williams unveiled what was billed as a unique initiative to improve mental health amongst schoolchildren.They both emphasised the importance of Health and Education departments working together, something which might not have happened in previous years…

The Welsh Government’s £1.4m scheme aims to tackle youth mental health issues before they escalate.
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NHS Confederation

  • A “radical reform” of mental health services is needed to develop a workforce to meet people’s needs in the future, according to a new report by the Centre for Mental Health on behalf of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation.
  • The future of the mental health workforce makes recommendations including ensuring that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more…
  • Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said: – – “Those consulted felt that the skills of those working in primary care need to reflect the work they do: that if one in three GP appointments relates to a mental health…
  • The future mental health workforce will need to be skilled in coproducing services with those who use them; in educating and supporting GPs, teachers and hospital staff; and in engaging with communities.
  • Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director for Education and Quality at Health Education England, said: – – “Health Education England very much welcomes this report and is looking forward to working with partners across the system on both recommendations from this insightful report, as well as our…

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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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