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Children’s mental health to benefit from £1.25bn investment – budget news

The Chancellor announced further details of how the £1.25bn of extra investment in mental health services for children and young people planned over the next five years will be spent.

A further £118m has also been earmarked for completing the expansion of the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme across the rest of England by 2018/19. This will ensure every local area has mental health workers trained in talking therapy techniques. 

In addition, £75m will go towards improving mental health maternity services, while the DFE will provide an extra £1.5m towards piloting joint training for designated leads in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and schools to improve access to mental health services for children and young people, including the most vulnerable.