The Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls for a 'Budget for mental health' as latest waiting time figures highlight that around a third of children and young people are not being seen within the Scottish Government target time.
Writing in The Scotsman, Chris Green, headteacher at Spark of Genius' Harbour Point School, a coalition member, highlights the need for greater support for those with additional support needs if they are to realise their full potential.
Noting the latest waiting time figures, the Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.
Writing in The Scotsman, Dr Marie Holmes, Clinical Psychologist for coalition member Spark of Genius, highlights the major beneficial impacts clinical psychologists can have on children who have experienced trauma.
We call on the Scottish Government to urgently review how local authorities are supporting children and young people with complex and high level needs.
We call for additional resourcing for those requiring additional support as new figures show an escalating number of children with additional support needs while specialist teacher numbers slump.
Kenny Graham, Head of Education at Falkland House School, writes for Friends of the Scotsman on the need for greater action when it comes to addressing the mental health needs of children and young people.
We call on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.
We call for the budget spent on mental health services for children and young people to be tripled in the forthcoming Scottish Budget.
We call for incoming council administrations and the Scottish Government to act urgently and increase funding as new figures highlight an 11% cut in additional support for learning spend per pupil since 2012/13.