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NAHT Cymru comments on children’s mental health inquiry report

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Rob Williams, Policy Director of school leaders’ union NAHT Cymru, said :

“Developing positive mental health and resilience in children is crucial and something school leaders, teachers and support staff recognise, value and will continue to commit to delivering in our schools.

“Keeping children front and centre of this approach is non-negotiable, as is ensuring that planning and ring-fenced resource is committed at a national policy level to effect the change we all desire for our children and young people. 

“We welcome the honesty in this report, particularly in acknowledging that collective, wholesale change is now required from all sectors across the whole of Wales.

“Specialist mental health services will always be required for some pupils, but earlier, proactive intervention and a co-ordinated cross-sector way of working must now happen in Wales. This will inevitably mean that we all will need to work in new, unfamiliar and innovative ways, however, if the goal to improve outcomes for all children and young people is shared and we keep that as our aim, we have an opportunity to make significant improvements.”

First published 02 May 2018