09/05/19 – The Child Mental Health Charter Campaign

The APPG’s Helen Clark wants your support to secure the inclusion of a new Mental Health Bill in the next Queen’s Speech.


 The Child Mental Health Charter Campaign arose from the APPG’s recently published and well-received reports on child mental health; in particular:

Children’s Mental Health Beyond the Green Paper: The Role Of Practice Based Evidence.

The report was kindly sponsored by APPG members Monika Jephcott and Jeff Thomas from Play Therapy UK. PTUK are leading the Charter Campaign; specifically, the urgent drive to secure the inclusion of a new Mental Health Bill prioritising the mental health needs of children and young people, in the next Queen’s Speech.

Reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act is long overdue; the Prime Minister has herself referred to its inadequacies and a Green Paper has been published. However, as yet there is no guarantee that a new Mental Health Bill will be part of the Government’s imminent legislative plans – or that if it is, the strategy will prioritise children and young people.

If you would like to help children, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them, please do:

  • Sign up to the Child Mental Health Charter either individually or on behalf of your organisation. Contact the dedicated campaign website to do this on www.childmentalhealthcharter.com
  • Make an appointment to see your MP; ask them to sign EDM 2285 and help to campaign for the legislation in Parliament.
  • Contact the APPG website or the campaign website (above) to offer help or to ask for ideas

Do let us know how you get on!

Our APPG Chair, Steve McCabe is supporting this cross party campaign and has sponsored and promoted the EDM.



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