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Children and young people's mental health – role of education

1 December 2016

The Health Committee is beginning a new inquiry into the role of education in promoting emotional wellbeing in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems. The Education Committee has been invited to join the inquiry and share its expertise in the education sector with the Health Committee's overview of mental health services.

Terms of reference

The inquiry will have a specific focus on the role of educational settings in prevention and early intervention. The Committee will be examining:

  • Promoting emotional wellbeing, building resilience, and establishing and protecting good mental health
  • Support for young people with mental health problems
  • Building skills for professionals
  • Social media and the internet

Deadline for submissions

Submissions should not exceed 3000 words, and should reach the Committee by Friday 20 January 2017.

Chair's comment

The Chair of the Health Committee, Dr Sarah Wollaston, says,

"In the last Parliament I chaired an inquiry into child and adolescent mental health services. The service has long been seriously underfunded and is unable to meet demand, leaving many young people without the help they need.

Lack of timely help means that young people can sometimes only access help when they have become seriously unwell. Young people told us that they wanted services to be available within schools.

We are today launching a call for evidence for a follow up inquiry into children's and adolescents' mental health and the role of schools in prevention and early intervention. This will include examining the impact of social media and bullying."

Further information

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