The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking follow-up work on its inquiry into the Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People in Wales. The Committee is keen to monitor progress in relation to its recommendations in order to establish whether work undertaken since publication of the report is making a difference.
Latest news and next steps (Spring 2020)
Thank you to all those who submitted a proforma assessing the extent to which the recommendations have been implemented to date. we asked that the recommendations were rated as follows:
Red: little progress made to date and significant risk that necessary work will not be completed/required arrangements will not be in place by April 2021;
Amber: progress underway but more to be done if necessary work is to be completed/required arrangements are to be in place by April 2021;
Green: good progress made to date and confident necessary work will be completed/required arrangements will be in place by April 2021.
All responses received have been published - February 2020.
Parliament is also available – March 2020.
Other key milestones
April – June 2018: the report and government response
July – September 2018: the plenary debate and the request for a revised response
Following the Plenary debate on Mind over Matter, a revised Welsh Government response was requested. This was in light of the cross-party consensus in the Siambr that the Welsh Government’s original response did not meet the ambition outlined in the Committee’s report and recommendations.
In response to the Plenary debate, the Welsh Government established a Ministerial Task and Finish Group chaired jointly by the Minister for Health and Social Services and the Minister for Education. The Welsh Government also agreed to provide an update on recommendations by March 2019.
February – June 2019: follow-up work
In February 2019 the Committee wrote to the Minister for Health and Social Services and Minister for Education to remind the Welsh Government of the request for a revised response.
In May 2019, the Ministers for Health and Education provided an update on progress in relation to the Committee’s recommendations. An update from the Chair of the Together for Children and Young People Programme on its progress was also provided.
In June 2019, public scrutiny sessions took place to inform the Committee’s follow up work:
20 June – Minister for Health and Social Services and Minister for Education
26 June - Chair of the Together for Children and Young People Programme
On 19 July 2019 the Minister for Health and Social Services wrote to the Committee on the actions agreed at the oral evidence session on 20 June 2019.
On 9 December the Committee received a letter from the Minister for Health and Social Services regarding the future of the T4CYP Programme. In response the Committee has written outlining its next steps.
Findings and Recommendations of the Committee
On 8 August 2019, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Education and the Minister for Health and Social Services outlining its conclusions and recommendations from the follow up scrutiny.
On 22 October 2019, the Minister for Education and Minister for Health and Social Services responded to the Committee’s letter of 8 August 2019. The Committee considered its next steps at its meeting on 6 November.
If you want to talk to someone about your emotional well-being and mental health, you can contact:
Meic Cymru on 080880 23456 or text on 84001 or through their online messaging service
OR C.A.L.L Helpline on 0800 132 737 or text 'help' to 81066
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 13/05/2019