Our response to the Mental Health Consultation
On 6 July 2022, we responded to the mental health consultation. The aim of this consultation was to gather people’s views on mental health support.
Those views will inform the new 10-year cross-governmental plan for mental health and wellbeing in England.
We responded on behalf of children in care and care leavers, children and adults with disabilities, and people with mental health difficulties.
Our recommendations covered different areas including legislation, wellbeing, investment, system integration, prevention, early intervention, placement breakdowns, transition to adulthood, crisis provision, and changes in schools and communities.
Below is a list of some of our recommendations:
- Full implementation of the United Convention on the Rights of the Child
- More resources to embed cross-working and enhance the availability of multi-disciplinary work
- Mitigation of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis
- Holistic assessments as early as possible
- Ending delays and increasing accessibility to CAMHS
- Long-term stability in placements
- Focusing on improving post-16 outcomes for people with disabilities
- Maximising technology to help data sharing and reaching people
- A whole-school approach to mental health embedded into the Ofsted framework
- Robust training for regulators and other professionals working with children/young people
"Mental health is one of our strategic priorities. Contributing to the government’s mental health consultation was crucial. It was our opportunity to share our views on the changes we’d like to see for the next 10 years. While awaiting the government’s response, we will continue our work on mental health. Share your ideas on the changes you’d like to see by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org." - Styliana, Campaigns and Advocacy Officer