New briefing - Using children's rights in mental health policy work
Recent years have seen increased concern for the mental health of children and young people in Britain. Several reports have highlighted the growing unmet need for mental health support for children, the insufficient investment in much-needed services, and the delays and hurdles they face in accessing mental health support.
In 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) issued its report on the UK’s child rights record. The Committee included specific recommendations on the need for the UK to strengthen and improve provision of mental health services for children and young people. Concerns raised included the lack of sufficient mental health services for children and young people, insufficient levels of therapeutic community-based and age-appropriate services, and the need to pay particular attention to children at greater risk, including children living in poverty, children in care and children in contact with the criminal justice system.
Our new briefing outlines how the UN Covention on the Rights of the Child is relevant for organisations engaging in policy and public affairs work on mental health for children and young people. It is the fifth in a series of briefings and is part of a three-year project funded by The Baring Foundation to build the capacity of the voluntary sector to use children’s rights arguments in their policy and public affairs work.
Download the briefing here