In Wales the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Education have made £9m available for 2021-22 to support whole-school work in promoting emotional and mental health. This represents a substantial increase on the £5m available for this work in 2020-21.
Of this £9m, £5m will be made available to support the national roll out of the CAMHS ‘In-Reach’ pilot (providing dedicated mental health practitioner support to schools), and £2.75m to local authorities to support the implementation of the statutory guidance for schools on ‘Embedding a whole-school approach to emotional and mental wellbeing’ and to tackle the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on learner and school staff wellbeing. This has been distributed to local authorities to:
improve and extend counselling provision (including for staff wellbeing)
develop and extend universal and targeted interventions in schools, including teacher and wider staff wellbeing initiatives.
Deliver teacher and other school staff training on their own and children’s emotional and mental wellbeing.
The remaining £1.25m will be administered centrally by the Welsh Government for national activity such as research and evaluation.