Government Task Force

Government CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force

Mental Health is being forced high onto the political agenda and the Children and Young People Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce was set up in 2014 to consider ways to make it easier for children, young people, parents and carers to access help and support when needed and to improve how children and young people’s mental health services are organised, commissioned and provided

Key themes emerged bringing together core principles and requirements to create a system that properly supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people

The themes:

  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving access to effective support – a system without tiers
  • Care for the most vulnerable
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Developing the workforce

(Source: Taken from the Department of Health and NHS England Future in Mind publication Executive Summary- you can find the whole publication here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-mental-health-services-for-young-people 

Some statutory funding information:

Early Intervention aims to put in place support and services to prevent long-term costly and debilitating consequences.

In 2010 the government’s Early Intervention Grant (EIG) was introduced to support local-authority funded EI services.

From 2013-2014 the EIG is no longer paid as a separate grant, now forming part of the wider central government revenue allocation to local authorities

‘Cuts that Cost: Trends in funding for EI services’ – highlights over the last five years a compound reduction in EIG in Bristol of £62,200,000

The difference in annual EI grant allocation between 2010/11 and 2015/16 is £15,700,000

Nearly £17 billion per year is spent in England and Wales by the state on short-run late intervention, with the largest single items being the costs of children who are taken into care, the consequences of domestic violence and welfare benefits for 18-24 year olds who are not in education, employment of training (NEET)

Late intervention in the area of child protection and safeguarding account for over a third of the total

A small shift from late to early intervention could therefore have a massive impact for individuals and families.

(source – VOSCUR News December 2015)

Government CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force  versus the Cuts in Statutory Funding

So bearing in mind it is reported that half of those with mental health problems as adults present symptoms by the age of 14, the theme of promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention would seem to be hugely significant for local authorities. I am wondering how this Government CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force with its recognition of the main issues will transpose into financial support to achieve same?

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