Open Meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood
An open meeting was called by the APPG on 8 February 2021 in response to the publication of the Mental Health White Paper and the contrast between its contents and those of the Green Paper published in December 2017. The White Paper as it stands represents a sad scaling down from the Green Paper vision of widespread reform to stem the tide of large-scale and growing mental health deterioration especially amongst children and young people. The meeting was chaired by Steve McCabe MP and addressed by Phil Royal of the APPG Secretariat, Helen Clark, Lead Author of the APPG and Campaign Manager for the Child Mental Health Charter Campaign, and Lea Milligan, CEO of MQ Mental Health Research.
Without a determined and concerted effort, there is a real risk that the Green Paper proposals will be ‘sometime, never’ and so now is the time for action.
The aim of the action is to press for Green Paper inclusions into the current White Paper and to build a concerted, determined campaign for the Green Paper proposals to be enacted, either through the White Paper or otherwise. See the original calling notice for this meeting.
It is important to act within days: our deadline is Friday 26th February 2021.
DUE TO A TECHNICAL PROBLEM THE MEETING RECORDING FAILED. The chatroom conversations were also lost but – thanks to Tania Shaikh of the Attlee Centre – we can provide them as a document here. You can also add a comment at the foot of this page to make similar points and add links and references.
What you should do now
- The White Paper: Please read the White Paper first. The email address for submissions is email@example.com. Don’t be guided by the set questions unless you have a particular interest in any question: simply write with your views on what is needed to help children and young people.
- The Select Committee on Health and Social Care – Inquiry into ‘Children and young people’s mental health’. The link to the inquiry is here: https://committees.
parliament.uk/work/1001/ children-and-young-peoples- mental-health/ and you can submit a response directly from that page.
The deadline is Friday 26th February 2021.
Tell the APPG
Please keep the APPG informed by sending a summary of the points you have made and action you have taken – and, of course, any responses you receive. The email address to use for this is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free share the link to this page (https://fhcappg.org.uk/?p=3103) across your professional networks.
The Green Paper is here
The White Paper is here
To respond to the White Paper, click here
To respond to the Select Committee Inquiry, click here
Past APPG reports on Mental Health are here
A roundup of items featured in the Childhood in Crisis Newsletter is here
To email the APPG click here
The original calling notice for the meeting is here