Improving mental health support for Service children and young people

AFF, along with other Service charities, has provided evidence as part of a consultation into mental health provision for children and young people.

Following a 13-week public consultation, the ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a green paper’ was published by the Government in December 2017 and outlines proposals to create a network of support for children, young people and their educational settings.

The three core proposals of the paper are:

  • to incentivise and support all schools and colleges to identify and train a Designated Senior Lead for mental health
  • to fund new Mental Health Support Teams, supervised by NHS children and young people’s mental health staff
  • to pilot a four week waiting time for access to specialist mental health services.

It is hoped the first phase of this project in key areas will be operational by the end of 2019 with further roll-outs by the end of 2022/23.

AFF hopes the new support teams will be well-placed to identify and support children and young people’s mental health needs.

Find out more

To find out more about AFF’s work around mental health, visit our mental health page or contact our Health & Additional Needs Specialist Karen at



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