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Ministers questioned on education and children's mental health

29 March 2017

The Health and Education Committees hear from a former Government mental health champion in the final session of their joint inquiry into the role of education in preventing mental health problems in children and young people. The Committees also hear from Lord Layard, who is advising the Government over its trial of weekly mindfulness classes in 26 schools, Ministers and NHS representatives.


Wednesday 29 March 2017, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Natasha Devon, Founder, Self-Esteem Team
  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield, Chair of the Values-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health System Commission
  • Dr Peter Hindley, Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in paediatric liaison, St Thomas' Hospital, London
  • Lord Layard, Director, Well-Being Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

At 10.15am

  • Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families
  • Nicola Blackwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
  • Karen Turner, Director of Mental Health, NHS England

Focus of the session

The Committees consider:

  • whether teachers are well equipped to identify and support young people with mental health concerns
  • how mental health and well-being can be embedded into the curriculum
  • the extent to which social media and the internet are having negative impact
  • funding pressures on schools and mental health services
  • the next steps for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) schools link pilot
  • the progress made on the Government's plans to offer every secondary school in the country with mental health first aid training

Further information

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