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Push to improve mental health support for children

It is estimated that 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a diagnosable mental health problem, and providing specialist help for them is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS and many other organisations.

The charity Children North East says the number of young people it has provided counselling to has doubled in the last year.

Meanwhile, SCHOOLS NorthEast has announced a mental health commission, thought to be the first of its kind in the country, aimed at improving the support our regions' schools offer to their pupils.

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Schools disrupted as teaching assistants' strike continues

Protestors in Durham on the second day of the teaching assistants'strike Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Dozens of schools around County Durham will be fully or partially closed again on Wednesday, as a strike by teaching assistants continues.

Around 100 schools were disrupted on Tuesday, as unions estimated more than 1,000 TAs took part in the walkout in a dispute over pay.

Some teaching assistants say they could lose nearly a quarter of their salaries, under plans to pay them for term-time only.

Durham County Council insists it must make the contract changes to avoid equal pay claims from other staff.


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