Wales: make children’s mental health a national priority, says assembly committee

05 June 2018

Schools need preventative measures to support children’s mental health, a new report from the Welsh Assembly has found.

Children Mental Health

Following an inquiry, the Assembly’s children’s committee is calling on the Welsh Government to provide ring-fenced funding for schools to become ‘community hubs’, working with health bodies, charities and volunteer groups to promote mental wellbeing in children.

It said it wants emotional and mental health to be ‘fully embedded’ in the new curriculum, and for all relevant people to receive appropriate training.

Committee chair Lynne Neagle said it was estimated that three children in every average-sized class would have a mental health issue at some point.

She added: ‘The pieces of the jigsaw that need to be in place to enable children and young people to be supported outside the most specialist settings simply do not exist.’

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