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£3m programme to build sector capacity in youth mental health - 26 October 2011

The Department for Education's two-year programme hopes to boost the voluntary sector's ability to provide mental health support for children.

The Department for Education has chosen YoungMinds to lead a new £3m programme to increase the voluntary sector’s capacity to provide mental health support for children.

The young people’s mental health charity heads a newly-formed partnership which includes Youth Access, The Place2Be, the Afiya Trust, FPM, and the Mental Health Foundation. The group has been called the Bond Consortium (Better Outcomes, New Delivery).

The consortium will provide training and guidance materials to help voluntary organisations bid for early intervention services for children with mental health needs. It will also establish a database of charities providing early intervention mental health support services for commissioners, and organise regional roadshows this autumn promoting the most effective interventions.

The consortium will consult 2,000 schools, 500 voluntary sector organisations and 100 commissioning NHS organisations and local authorities to identify barriers to good practice in early intervention.

For more details, see the Young Minds website.