The Government’s Green Paper on mental health: failing a generation Contents



1 Introduction

The state of children and young people’s mental health provision

2 Development of the Green Paper

Evidence based review

Lack of joined up thinking with social mobility strategy

Building a new strategy

3 Prevention and contributing factors

Factors affecting children’s mental health

Exam pressure and curriculum narrowing

School exclusion and alternative provision

Social media

Role of families and parenting

Early years

Factors affecting children’s mental health: conclusion

4 Transition to adult mental health services, the role of further education, and key vulnerable groups

Transition from child to adult mental health services

Key vulnerable groups

Socially disadvantaged children

Looked-after children

Children in contact with the criminal justice system


The role of further education

Further education and colleges


5 Workforce

Decline in capacity in recent years

Workforce and overstretched services

Proposed workforce for Mental Health Support Teams

6 Implementation of the Government’s strategy

The level of prevalence and demand

Funding and training


Accountability in local and regional areas

Effective collaboration between services

Trailblazer areas

The inequality of provision

The choices of trailblazer areas

Implementation timeframe

Conclusions and recommendations

Annex: Informal discussion forum with young people

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 9 May 2018