The below Parliamentary question was asked by Nicholas Brown on 2016-02-08.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance NHS England provides for prescribing therapeutic support for children in care; and what funding is available within the Government’s mental health budget for the provision of such support.
NHS England is not responsible for providing guidance on prescribing and treatment of therapeutic support for children in care, this is the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The Government is committed to making the full £1.4 billion investment available over the course of this Parliament to improve mental health services for children and young people.
In line with NHS England’s guidance to support the development of Local Transformation Plans (LTPs) for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing all clinical commissioning groups have produced plans that have now been assured and funding allocated for implementation. These LTPs required all key partners to agree locally how best to meet the mental health needs of children and young people in their local populations and should cover the whole spectrum of need, which includes improving access to mental health services for vulnerable groups such as children in care, so that they can receive high quality mental health care when they need it.