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Green paper for Transforming Children’s Mental Health – a missed opportunity

6th March 2018

Institute of Health Visiting raises their concerns that the Green paper proposals for Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision are a missed opportunity to reduce the number of children and young people ever experiencing mental illness.

In a letter to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt MP, the Institute sets out the evidence for the green paper to address the opportunities for building emotional resilience in childhood from pregnancy onwards, and reducing the incidence of mental illness in childhood.  It also highlights the critical contribution of the health visiting service to early intervention, through full delivery of the Healthy Child Programme as a gateway to appropriate levels of support for children and, where needed, specialist services.