Last reviewed 11 March 2021

A new coalition of health and education experts has met to look at the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and education practitioners across England.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was joined by ministers from across Government, as well as Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr. Alex George, to discuss how best to respond to the mental health issues in children and young people and how to help education staff manage their mental wellbeing.

The meeting follows the Government’s announcement of a £79 million funding boost to expand mental health support for children and young people.

The action group looked at how to improve training, where to focus investment and how to make wellbeing a core part of the school curriculum, as well as considering early years settings and development, university support, and sector-wide mental health and wellbeing training opportunities.

Minister for Mental Health, Nadine Dorries, said:

“I am acutely aware of how difficult this pandemic has been and this government is committed to supporting everyone’s mental health, including children and young people. Today’s meeting is a prime example of the steps we are taking to ensure we’re supporting their wellbeing during this pandemic and beyond through early intervention.”

“The pandemic has disrupted children’s routines – particularly with home schooling and the impact of this on their learning and seeing their friends – and although children are resilient, it’s crucial we continue to support them as things get back to normal.”

“I encourage anyone who needs support to reach out to someone they trust or their GP – these services are here to help.”

Public Health England has also published a series of dedicated resources on the Every Mind Matters website to help children and their parents manage their mental wellbeing, deal with stress and tackle issues such as anxiety.