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Barnardo's Scotland welcomes 5million investment in children's mental health

Release Date: 29 Jun 2018

Barnardo's Scotland has issued a statement in response to the announcement by the Scottish Government on new measures to improve support for children and young people's mental health.

Barnardo’s Scotland warmly welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government on new measures to improve support for children and young people’s mental health

Responding to the announcement made today by the Scottish Government, Barnardo’s Scotland’s Director, Martin Crewe said:

Through our work we know that the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people is one of the biggest challenges we face in Scotland today.

The announcement of a £5 million investment in children’s mental health and a CAMHS Taskforce are therefore extremely welcome”

Our services tell us that current models of provision are not working for many of our young people, and too often they are being left without the support and help they need.  

We are therefore particularly pleased to see that the Taskforce will work to ensure that children and young people are appropriately triaged, given proper explanations if their referral is refused, and directed to alternative support services.  These are things that we called for in our own recent report on rejected referrals to CAMHS.

Our report highlighted the need for more innovative models of support for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

These models should be rooted in children’s experiences and take a holistic, trauma-informed approach to children in distress.

No child or young person should have to experience a mental health crisis because they didn’t get the help and support they needed early on.

The third sector has a huge role to play in supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing outwith a clinical model of diagnosis, often in partnership with statutory and public sector partners.

We have examples from Barnardo’s work elsewhere in the UK of models of single point of access services which work really well, and we hope the transformation fund will allow for the experience and expertise within the third sector to be utilised in order to improve the support available to our children and young people.

We hope the Commission will consider the importance of prevention and early and effective intervention, particularly in universal settings such as schools. Supporting those working with children to understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma is essential to preventing future mental health problems.

We congratulate the Scottish Government on these positive steps and look forward to supporting the work of the Taskforce.

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