Consultation outcome

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

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Impact assessment for 'Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper'

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Detail of outcome

The Department of Health & Social Care and the Department for Education held a public consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’.

The consultation period lasted 13 weeks from December 2017 to March 2018 and received over 2,700 responses.

The government’s response to the consultation is published here, setting out:

  • what we heard over the course of the consultation
  • our response to respondents’ views
  • next steps for implementing the green paper’s proposals

See also the government’s response to an inquiry into the green paper by the Health and Social Care and Education select committees.

Original consultation


This green paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

The proposals include:

  • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams
  • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health
  • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas


Published 4 December 2017
Last updated 25 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. The government response to the consultation, and an impact assessment, have been published.

  2. First published.