NDM8005 Welsh Conservatives debate - Child and adolescent mental health

NDM8005 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

To propose that Senedd:

1. Notes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and young people.

2. Regrets that child and adolescent mental health waiting times continue to be poor, with less than one in two under 18s receiving a local primary mental health support services assessment within 28 days of referral.

3. Expresses its concern about the number of section 136 detentions of children and young people under the age of 18.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

a) conduct an urgent review into the viability of child and adolescent mental health services;

b) ensure a 24 hour crisis service is available for children and young people across Wales; and

c) consider the feasibility of opening an eating disorders unit in Wales.

The following amendments were tabled:

Amendment 1 Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that Senedd:

1. Notes the impact of the pandemic on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

2. Recognises the impact of the pandemic on waiting times for CAMHS.

3. Welcomes the Welsh Government's focus on supporting services to improve as they recover and continued work with partners to prevent escalation to crisis and provide an appropriate, multi-agency response.

4. Notes the NHS Delivery Unit’s review of CAMHS services, commissioned by Welsh Government, due to report by the end 2022.

5. Welcomes the continued roll-out of 111, press 2 for mental health for adults and young people across Wales.

6. Notes the current Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee: Mental Health Specialised Service Strategy for Wales consultation with key stakeholders, which includes scoping the feasibility of an Eating Disorder Unit for Wales.

[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendment 2 will be de-selected]

Amendment 2 Sian Gwenllian (Arfon)

Add as new point after point (2) and renumber accordingly:

Notes the planned pilot project to establish community-based facilities, for young people to easily access mental health and wellbeing support, in order to offer early intervention and avoid escalation, and urges the rollout of early intervention facilities to the whole of Wales.

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 18/05/2022