Calls for a ‘new deal’ for children in England among mental health concerns
- A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, follows the BigAsk survey with over half a million responses from children and urges greater investment in catchup for schools.
- The surveys shows that one in five children aged 9-17 are unhappy with their mental health, with girls aged 16-17 experiencing the worst rates.
- Dame Rachel de Souza calls for a comprehensive three-year catchup package for schools including improved services for children struggling with attendance, faster implementation of tutoring support and a voluntary extension of the school day for sport and enrichment.
- Goals for the ‘new deal’ include a rapid expansion of mental health support teams and community mental health hubs for children.
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