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A new department for children should be established in order to drive efforts to improve mental health services for children and young people, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.

Initiatives to tackle loneliness among young people will be central to a forthcoming strategy on the issue, the government has said.

SEN employment initiative set to expand

By Neil Puffett |

21 June 2018

A programme helping young people with special educational needs (SEN) into employment is set to double in size over the next three years, it has been announced.

A major programme to recruit high-performing graduates to work in schools as mental health specialists should be introduced as part of efforts to tackle wellbeing among pupils, a think-tank has urged.

Pupils should be taught about meditation and a range of psychological therapies as part of a new "wellbeing GCSE" designed to improve children's mental health, academics have said.

Plans to trial mental health assessments for children entering care will be funded to the tune of £1m and will last for two years, the Department for Education has announced.

Around 365,000 children experienced destitution at some point last year due to lacking a number of the basic daily living essentials such as shelter, food, heating, lighting, clothing or basic toiletries, a study has found.

The number of children with autism being excluded has risen dramatically in recent years, government data has shown, with campaigners claiming they are being "shut out" of schools.

Delayed trials of mental health assessments for children entering the care system will launch later this year, the government has pledged.

Health workers are reluctant to routinely ask young people who access their services if they have been affected by adverse childhood experiences such as abuse or exploitation, a pilot study has found.