Children and young people’s mental health: Time to deliver – The report of the Independent Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Educational Policy Institute, November 2016

The report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last year, reflecting on progress made in transforming services following the government’s investment of £1.4bn in Children and young people’s mental health, announced in 2015. Based on its comprehensive research, the report sets out a number of new findings, and proposes a series of recommendations which it urges the government to adopt through the Challenge. This includes an ambitious programme of changes covering research and prevention, early intervention and improving access to quality services.

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What Really Matters in Children and Young People’s Mental Health

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, November 2016

This report is based on the findings of the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission, Chaired by Baroness Claire Tyler of Enfield.

The report makes a total of ten recommendations, including calling on governments to formally recognise schools as a crucial component of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health System in the following ways:

  • Schools should be able to teach children and young people about mental health in the same way they teach them about literacy or numeracy
  • Undertake mental health impact assessments to ensure that both schools/education policy and wider government policy and legislation are not detrimental to children and young people’s mental health
  • Ensure that schools are able to identify mental health issues and can easily signpost pupils to relevant support, either within the school or their local community, and have the accountability to do this.

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The Damage of Debt: The impact of money worries on children’s mental health and well-being

The Children’s Society, September 2016

The aim of this report is to provide fresh insights on how low well-being and poor mental health in children are linked to household poverty and problem debt; and to explore the views of children and parents who live in low income households with debt problems on how their family’s financial situation affects their well-being and mental health.  The report makes recommendations to address these issues.

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Beyond adversity: Addressing the mental health needs of young people who face complexity and adversity in their lives

Young Minds, July 2016

The report suggests that schools, social workers, police and NHS staff may be inadvertently re-traumatising vulnerable children because of fundamental misunderstandings about their behaviour.

Children who have been neglected, abused, bereaved or faced prejudice may communicate their feelings by being aggressive, self-destructive, withdrawn or highly sexualised. As a result, they are often treated as ‘the problem.’

This means the cause of their trauma is never addressed and they don’t receive the mental health care they need.  Beyond Adversity calls on the Government, and the NHS, to keep their commitments to all of these children. It makes concrete policy and service recommendations aiming to promote trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services.

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Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

Early Intervention Foundation, August 2016

This report is a groundbreaking assessment by the Early Intervention Foundation of 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years.

The report shows that there are a number of early signals of risk to children’s development such as child behaviour problems, insecure attachment, delayed development of speech and language and lack of maternal sensitivity, which can be effectively responded to by available, well-evidenced programmes or for which new programmes are under development.

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