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Wales 'leading the way' in protecting children’s mental health

Wales is leading the way in protecting children’s mental health according to children's charity, Barnardo's.

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88%
of children who accessed in-school counselling in Wales in didn't need further support.

A new report by a think tank highlights reasearch which shows that 88% of 11-18 year olds who accessed in-school counselling in Wales in 2015/16 did not require further referral to specialist services.

Now think tank 'ResPublica' are calling on the Westminster government to follow the example set in Wales by making in-school counselling mandatory for all children over the age of 11.

I sincerely welcome this policy paper from ResPublica, which astutely and incisively draws attention to the crucial role of support services for young people, and the organisations like Barnardo’s which deliver them, in building a country which can offer all our children a real prospect of happiness, health, and prosperity.

It sets out a clear-sighted picture of how the help we provide as a country to our most vulnerable children and young people will need to change in the coming years. I call on the institutions of national and local government to seize this opportunity and accompany us as we undertake the task of converting its ambitions into reality.

– Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s