Children and young people's mental health - the role of education

ASCL welcomes this inquiry. ‘Future in Mind’ rightly recommended a renewed focus on the role of education in addressing the mental health needs of children and young people. We fully agree that schools and colleges play a vital role and should continue to do so.
ASCL members report that the emotional wellbeing and mental health of their students is a major and increasing concern. While schools and colleges do an excellent job in providing their own support on-site there is a serious gap in mental health provision for them to refer to. School and college leaders tell us there is a lack of joint planning and communication between health and education, even though it is imperative that they should work closely together to create the best support and outcomes for children and young people. School and college leaders also tell us that there has seldom been a time when specialist mental health care and early intervention is so badly needed.

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