Sunday, 12 March 2017

Promote the mental health of all pupils

The impact of mental health on the attainment of children and young people is highlighted by a new publication from Children in Scotland and Youthlink Scotland. It refers to 1 in 5 children experiencing mental health issues before the age of 11. 

There is a need for Education Services to make changes to focus on intervening to address the mental health issues affecting children and young people. The views of children and young people have to be gathered to help shape the service provision that is developed as part of reducing the attainment gap. 

I agree with the recommendations that councillors have to work to promote the mental health of all pupils; protect third sector grants and youth work budgets; work with headteachers and parent councils to improve mental health and attainment; encourage participatory approaches to decision-making; and ensure there is a central information point listing services available for children and young people across Glasgow.

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