The Scottish Children's Services Coalition responds to the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland report on admissions of children and young people to non-specialist hospital wards for treatment of their mental health difficulties.
Writing in The Scotsman, Jackie Blair, Director of Education at coalition member, Spark of Genius, highlights that while mainstreaming of those children and young people with additional support needs is the ideal, greater resourcing is required to give adequate support.
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, Seona Weir, lead manager Scotland for coalition member, Young Foundations, highlights the long wait faced by many children and young people with mental health problems and the urgent need for greater support.
In a letter to the media to mark the first Care Experienced Week (22nd to 28th October), the Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls for all care experienced people to be celebrated, seeking greater support for them and action to tackle the stigma many face.
Stephen McGhee – As we mark World Mental Health Day we need a Budget dedicated to tackling this major public health challenge
Writing in The Herald, Stephen McGhee, Depute Managing Director for coalition member, Spark of Genius, marks World Mental Health Day by calling for greater investment in mental health services in the Scottish Government Budget.
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.
Writing in The Herald, Lynn Bell, CEO of coalition member, Love Learning Scotland, highlights the challenges faced by those children who find their referral for specialist mental health treatment rejected.
Latest waiting time figures highlight a national disgrace in the provision of mental health services
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.