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Ensure better access for mental health care for children and young people

Last updated: 03:28pm 21 June 2019

We will take focused action to provide the support needed by children and young people. Half of all mental health conditions become established in people before the age of fourteen. So we will ensure better access to care for children and young people.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.72

Our verdict

The Conservative Party’s manifesto acknowledged “massively increased pressures on young people’s mental health” and contained a variety of policy pledges aimed at countering those pressures to help young people get the best start in life. Those policies included:

Most of those policies remain ‘in progress’. This policy can be seen as the combined objective of all the others – to achieve a status of ‘done’ here would require at least some of these policies to be completed.

Although in July 2018 the government published its green paper on young people’s mental health and its response to the consultation process, a review by the Commons Education and Health and Social Care Select Committees was pretty scathing in its assessment, going as far as to title its report, “The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation”.

The report pointed to the narrow scope of the green paper, insufficient resources, inadequate funding and poor implementation timetabling, saying the green paper plan would “provide no help to the majority of those children who desperately need it”.

The government responded, rejecting the main negative findings.

This pledge remains ‘in progress’ until the status of each of the related polices listed above moves to ‘done’ and until there is a consensus from a range of stakeholders that the government’s strategy has resulted in improved access for mental health care for children and young people. HealthFollow this policy to stay up to date.

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