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The Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People

The Children, Young People and Education Committee has agreed to undertake some work on improving the emotional and mental health of children and young people in Wales. 


This follows on from the Fourth Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee’s inquiry, ‘Report into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)’ which found that the level of CAMHS provision was not sufficient to meet the needs of children and young people in Wales.


Shortly before the conclusion of that inquiry, the then Minister for Health and Social Services announced a ‘root and branch review’ of CAMHS to ‘modernise and redesign the service for the future’.


The Committee’s inquiry will consider whether the Government’s review of CAMHS – the ‘Together for Children and Young People Programme’ is on track to deliver the ‘step-change’ in CAMHS services that is needed.



Engagement Activity


  • On the 28th September the committee carried out visits in North and South Wales to speak directly with children and young people, teachers and health practitioners - a note from these visits is available.

  • At the beginning of September the Committee launched surveys (one survey for children and young people between the ages of 11 and 18, and one survey for education professionals). Over 2000 responses were received, a report on these surveys is available.

Summary of survey results:

Young people in secondary schools and colleges

Education professionals




  • Additional information received during the Inquiry into The Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People







If you want to talk to someone about your emotional well-being and mental health, you can contact:

Meic Cymru on 080880 23456 or text on 84001 or through their online messaging service

OR C.A.L.L Helpline on 0800 132 737 or text 'help' to 81066


Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

First published: 26/06/2017

Decision due: Meeting Date by Children, Young People and Education Committee





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