Chair publishes first recommendations for the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce

Dr Dame Denise Coia has published a preliminary view and initial recommendations for improvements in provision for children and young people’s mental health in Scotland. These call for a stronger focus on prevention and more community-based care.

The Scottish Government and COSLA jointly announced the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce earlier in the year.

Dame Denise said:

“Since being appointed I have focused on listening to young people, their families, carers and frontline professionals about their experiences, and I am very grateful for their honesty and openness. I have been frustrated on their behalf and by the lack of good quality data about the services.

“To improve services and give young people the care they need, the focus must be on stronger prevention and early intervention, more generic, community-based care so specialist services are freed up for the people who need them most, and better information to the public about where they can get help and support.”

COSLA President Cllr Alison Evison said:

“COSLA elected members will consider these recommendations together with Scottish Government and look forward to further engagement with Dame Denise and the Task Force. Local Authorities and Integration Authorities see mental health as their issue as much as one for NHS services and are keen to work towards joint solutions, in line with Getting It Right For Every Child and ensuring a whole system approach.

“Achieving good outcomes for children and young people’s mental health demands a contribution from a range of partners, including the health service, local government, the third sector and beyond. Improvements for children, young people and their families can only be made through a collaborative approach between the partners involved and with the political backing of both spheres of government.”

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said:

“Dedicated mental health professionals provide high quality care to our young people across Scotland every day. But despite this, too many children and adolescents are being let down by the current system. I have been clear that this is unacceptable and that we must look at making the changes necessary to ensure young people get the care they need and deserve. We are supporting this through a range of actions, including announcing this taskforce, and record levels of investment.”

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Wed, 12/09/2018 - 08:39