10th October 2018

Anne Longfield’s statement responding to the Prime Minister’s comments on children’s mental health

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Prime Minister’s comments on children’s mental health, said:

“It is welcome to hear the Prime Minister talking about providing more support for children’s mental health. A focus on wellbeing in schools and on early intervention and regular updates on children’s mental health are all important measures I have been calling for. However, we need to see urgent action and implementation now. We cannot afford to wait five years, which feels like a lifetime to a young child.

“I want to see a counsellor in every secondary school, every primary school having access to counselling services, a closing of the huge gap in what is spent on adult and children’s mental health and a system in place that provides support and treatment for every child who needs it, when they need it. Today’s announcement is a step forward that must now be matched by proper funding and more ambitious delivery.”

 

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