In December 2017 the Department of Health and Department of Education in Westminster jointly published their green paper on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.
Applying to England only, the paper sets out the Government’s ambition for children and young people’s mental health. It pays particular attention to the roles that schools and colleges can play in both providing services and improving outcomes.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) are particularly disappointed that the Government has not included a commitment to universal provision of school-based counselling. That is despite these being services available to all children across Wales and Northern Ireland and the Department for Education’s own expectation, set out in Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future, that all schools should provide access to counselling services.
They would like people to contact their MP to let them know that the Government is missing a golden opportunity to give all children and young people equal access to effective counselling interventions in our schools and colleges. The same rights as children and young people in Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy.