Another political success this week was for Looked After Children in the Children and Social Work Bill, in its third reading in the Lords. Our amendment on the introduction of Mental Health assessments of Looked After Children and introduction of designated health professionals was discussed, and Lord Nash committed to revisit the health assessments guidance.
Six to eight pilots will launch in April-May 2017 to test integration of Mental Health assessments alongside physical health assessments on entry to care. Lord Nash also made clear that the remit of the Expert Working Group has extended to include Mental Health assessments, which wasn’t included previously.
These are huge shifts in the government’s position on the need and value of mental health assessments for Looked After Children.
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