Children & Young People’s Mental Health Task Force
The Taskforce has been set up with an intentionally limited lifespan of two years. By direct interactions with service providers over that period, we will seek to ensure that the mental health needs of children and young people receive the attention and priority that has been agreed by Government and COSLA. We will also provide recommendations and advice to support the redesign and rapid expansion of the service response to mental health problems among those aged from 0-25 years.
In taking our work forward we will ensure two key principles are established for children, young people and their families. Firstly services must be delivered at the right time, by the right people with the right skills and in the right place. Secondly anyone engaging with services should expect to ask once and get the help they need. Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC), the national approach to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people, is key here. Referral into one part of the system must give access to all other parts of the system in line with each child’s needs.