Looking to the Government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s report on the mental health and wellbeing of children in care

Posted by Emma Smale / Thursday 15 September 2016 / Government spending Children in care

Looking to the Government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s report on the mental health and wellbeing of children in care, Emma Smale, Head of Policy and Research at Action for Children and Co-Chair of the Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers said:

 

"Looked after children are five times more likely to experience mental health issues than the general population, putting them at risk of poor emotional wellbeing and further instability. We need to be bolder about recognising the importance of mental health for children in care.

"It is imperative that children and young people’s emotional wellbeing is measured whilst in care – but this is not a current requirement.

It is  disappointing to see that the Government do not yet see this as a priority, despite the fact that wellbeing measures would make it possible to identify when care is doing a really good job, and when it needs to improve."

"We urge the government to look again at how to improve the system, including the proposed requirement to undertake mental health assessments and the role of the designated professional for looked after children. The Children and Social Work Bill presents us with a timely opportunity to do this."


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