Responding to the Department for Health and Social Care’s announcement about new mental health support teams for children and young people, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“It is important we are able to look back at moments such as these and say this is where the step-change in mental health services for children and young people began. Our members are doing some excellent work, particularly with young people, but we know there is much more that needs to be done.
“This announcement builds on actions which could be the shot in the arm the system so desperately needs. The mental health of our children and young people is of paramount importance and we know our members will embrace these changes.
“Evidence shows prevention and early intervention are crucial so it is encouraging to see links between education and health care providers further strengthened.
“While this is good news, this is only the start. We would like to see it go further and faster, to be available in all schools and to all children.
“There remain challenges in getting the workforce to do the job – as there are across the mental health sector – and ensuring teams are adequately trained and supported with resources.
“We look forward to working with the Secretary of State and NHS England to ensure these issues are addressed in the upcoming long-term plan.”