Cat Smith – 2020 Comments on Children’s Society Survey

Comments made by Cat Smith, the Shadow Minister for Young People, on 30 July 2020.

The Government must address the growing mental health crisis faced by so many young people during Covid-19. This new report reveals the extent that parents anticipate long term negative impacts on their children’s happiness.

Whilst the Government’s focus on jobs and upskilling young people is welcome, this cannot come at the expense of vital mental health and wellbeing services. The Government must take the Children Society’s recommendations seriously and provide immediate mental health support to young people and families who need it.