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Recommendations from the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Task Force emphasise need for “transformational change”
- New recommendations from Scottish Government/COSLA task force call for a “formal, long-term partnership to jointly drive the reform of Scotland’s approach to children and young people’s mental health”
- The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition calls for greater investment and more mental health training amongst education professionals
- Barnardo’s Scotland warns that Scotland’s teachers are receiving insufficient mental health support
THE Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) has called for increased investment in specialist services addressing children and young people’s mental health, following the publication of new recommendations from a joint Scottish Government/COSLA task force.
The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, formed in June 2018 in response to mounting concerns over waiting times and rejected referrals for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), now advises that a “formal, long term partnership to jointly drive the reform of Scotland’s approach to children and young people’s mental health” be formed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in order to bring about “transformational change”.
The recommendations further argue that the Scottish Government and COSLA should support future investments in children and young people’s mental health that prioritise early intervention and prevention approaches.
Commenting on the recommendations, a spokesperson for the SCSC, which campaigns to improve services for children and young people, said: “We welcome the fact that it is highlighted in the report that ‘transformational change’ is required in order to improve children and young people’s mental health and the services that support them.