Senior mental health lead: Funding extended

A further £7m has been made available for the training of senior mental health leads in schools.

The new funding from the Department for Education (DfE) covers the remainder of the 2022/23 financial year.

The training is not compulsory, but it is part of the government’s commitment to offer this funded CPD to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.

The new role – also known as the designated mental health lead – was first mooted in the 2017 Green Paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, and in the subsequent consultation response from the Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care (2018).

Two core proposals was: “To incentivise and support all schools and colleges to identify and train a designated senior lead for mental health with a new offer of training to help leads and staff to deliver whole school approaches to promoting better mental health.”

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