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Future in Mind cash must be ringfenced for CAMHS teams

By Derren Hayes |

17 January 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May devoted her first speech of 2017 to her vision of a "shared society" and in particular to mental health. May promised to use the power of government to transform the way we deal with mental illness not just in our hospitals, "but in our classrooms, at work and in our communities". But of course there was a catch. No new money.

Wafer-thin obesity plan is a shameful letdown

By John Freeman |

30 August 2016

August is usually a quiet month for public policy. It is also when reports are published that it is hoped will receive minimal media and public attention.

Almost weekly since I was appointed to the post of children's commissioner, a teenager or a parent has told me of the struggle they have had in trying to get mental health support for themselves or their child.

On 17 September 2015, the Scottish Parliament passed the British Sign Language (BSL) Bill. The public gallery was packed with Deaf BSL users, many of whom had been banned from signing as children and forced to lip read. It had been a long, hard battle and it was difficult for many to hold back the tears and keep their emotions at bay.

Children and young people normally find it intensely embarrassing when adults in positions of authority try to talk sensibly about sex.

In the first half of the 20th Century, polio became feared across the world.

All children should learn parenting skills at school

By John Freeman |

19 January 2016

A few weeks ago, I had the sad duty of sitting on a permanent exclusion appeal hearing for a secondary school. Gary is just 12 years old, and his behaviour is uncontainable by the school.