Commenting on the release of the report into child and adolescent mental health inpatient services by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, said:
“Teachers and headteachers are seeing more and more pupils exhibiting signs of serious mental distress. They take their duty of care for pupils very seriously but often find themselves having to plug the major gaps in the provision of and access to specialist support.
“Mental health provision for children and young people has been one of the major casualties of the deep cuts to specialist provision.
“This Report shows that in the highly specialised environment of mental health services for children and young people who require hospital admission, more needs to be done to provide the best possible support, which includes access to high-quality education services.”
“As the report highlights, more joined up-thinking between the NHS and local education services and providers is needed urgently. In increasingly fragmented and cash-starved public services those in need are falling through the cracks.
“Strong education provision is vital as part of the package of treatment available to children and young people with mental health needs in the inpatient environment.
“Reintegration into school also plays an important role as part of the discharge plan for children and young people as they make the transition into the community from a specialist inpatient setting. To be effective this needs to be supported with appropriate resources, including staffing.”