Nic Dakin MP

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Rightly the fact that it’s Child Mental Health Week reminds us all of the importance of upping our collective game in this area. 
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Head teachers in schools across England consistently put pupil wellbeing and mental health as one of their top concerns.  Head teachers and Principals tell me that the number of pupils and students with mental health difficulties has risen in recent years. This is reflected in research that show the number of children turning up in A&E with mental health problems is now more than double what it was in 2010 and that one in five children will experience a mental health difficulty at least once in their first 11 years.
 
Many mental health difficulties that adults experience began in childhood, so if we can put the resources in at the right time, carefully targeted to provide the right intervention and support when youngsters are at school, it should be to everyone’s benefit. Yet, getting access to counselling services remains challenging in secondary and tertiary education with referrals to CAMHS often taking much longer than anyone would wish. According to new research published by children’s mental health charity Place2Be and NAHT this week, two thirds (64%) of primary schools in England do not have a counsellor based on-site, and the majority (59%) of those that do, provide counselling on-site for one day a week or less. 
 
But the frontline for creating good health and wellbeing amongst young people is in the general support available in the home and in school.  As part of this, access to high quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), including Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), is crucial.  Yet under this Government things are going backwards with a worrying downwards trend in the quality of PSHE in schools. In 2010, research from Ofsted found that PSHE was requires improvement or inadequate in one quarter of schools surveyed. By 2013, this had risen to 40 per-cent. Even Schools Minister Nick Gibb admitted this figure was “unacceptably high”. Although the world has changed significantly since then and our young people are now navigating their way through the downsides of new media, the most recent guidance on SRE was published in 2000. Despite this, the Conservative Government repeatedly refuse to ensure all young people have access to age-appropriate Sex and Relationships Education that would teach them about issues such as staying safe in relationships and online.
 
Child Mental Health Week is a great opportunity for all of us to recognise best practice where it happens and to renew efforts to ensure schools equip children and young people with the tools to navigate the risk and opportunities of today’s world.  We also need to celebrate the positive work of school based counsellors.  I will be visiting St Paul’s Way Trust School on Tuesday to see first-hand the work of a school counsellor and learn more about how that work impacts on young people’s lives.

It’s Time To Up Our Game On Children’s Mental Health

Rightly the fact that it’s Child Mental Health Week reminds us all of the importance of upping our collective game in this area.  Head teachers in schools across England consistently...

Brigg_bio.jpgThe commissioning phase of the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant at Scawby Brook has recently been completed and the renewable energy plant has been handed over to the owners for the operational phase to commence 3 months ahead of schedule and within the agreed construction budget of £162m.

The plant has been developed, built and will be run by BWSC North Lincs Ltd (BNLL)

Colin Jones, Project Director for BNLL, tells me that they are delighted that the power plant has successfully passed through the commissioning process and is now fully operational and currently generating enough electricity to supply 75,000 homes and save over 250,000 tons of CO2 every year.

The process is virtually carbon neutral; the combustion of the straw only releases the carbon dioxide that the straw absorbed from the atmosphere during its growth. This saves the CO2 emissions which otherwise would have been released from burning fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electricity.

He expressed his thanks to the local residents of Scawby and Scawby Brook for their support during the construction phase and is looking forward to continuing to work with them now the plant is up and running.

Scawby Brook Renewable Energy Plant completed ahead of schedule

The commissioning phase of the Brigg Renewable Energy Plant at Scawby Brook has recently been completed and the renewable energy plant has been handed over to the owners for the...

Nic_HOC.jpgThis is a Conservative Government, but to have a strike of this kind on any Government’s watch is a disgrace and a failure. I quite like the Minister actually, but he has only ever laid the blame for this elsewhere.

 

Surely, the Government should be evaluating their own performance and saying, “We can do better than this and we should ensure that this does not happen,” even at the eleventh hour.

 

Read more at: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2016-02-08a.1305.0&s=speaker%3A24798#g1315.2

Latest on the Junior Doctors' Contract Negotiations

This is a Conservative Government, but to have a strike of this kind on any Government’s watch is a disgrace and a failure. I quite like the Minister actually, but...

nhs-crisis-main.jpgDissatisfaction with NHS has seen the biggest rise in 30 years amid growing concern about GP and hospital waiting times, a major survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey shows that dissatisfaction with the NHS rose by 8 per cent to 23 per cent in one year, the largest single-year increase since 1986. The survey published by the King’s Fund found that GPs had the worst rating since the survey was first carried out in 1983. The poll found that waiting times for GP and hospital appointments were the greatest drivers of dissatisfaction, with lack of staff and under-funding cited as other factors.

Heidi Alexander, the Labour Shadow Health Secretary, has responded by saying - ” The reality is that five years of a Tory government have left the NHS understaffed, underfunded and unable to cope”.

Meanwhile reports in the press accuse Jeremy Hunt of vetoing a deal that could have ended the junior doctor dispute. The proposal, it is claimed, was supported by the NHS’ and the Department of Health’s own negotiators. The reports claim that the deal, which is said to have addressed pay for working evenings and Saturdays and was cost neutral for the government, was unilaterally blocked by Mr Hunt despite negotiators from the NHS Employers organisation viewing it as an opportunity to resolve the dispute.

Our NHS – "Under-staffed and under-funded"

Dissatisfaction with NHS has seen the biggest rise in 30 years amid growing concern about GP and hospital waiting times, a major survey has found. The British Social Attitudes survey...

Showthelove.JPGOn Valentine’s Day this year The Climate Coalition, which includes Oxfam, is working to highlight the need to tackle climate change for the sake of all the things we love and hold dear; for the love of people’s livelihoods here in the UK, for the love of the world’s poorest people and for the love of our stunning wildlife and nature.

Please make and wear a green heart on Valentine’s Day to show your support.

Read more at:  http://fortheloveof.org.uk/

#ShowtheLove

Climate change "Green Heart" campaign

On Valentine’s Day this year The Climate Coalition, which includes Oxfam, is working to highlight the need to tackle climate change for the sake of all the things we love...

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