OUR CHARTER CAMPAIGN MILESTONES
Since we started our Child Mental Health Charter Campaign we’ve been very busy! On May 16th Sir David Amess MP raised the urgent need for a reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act prioritising the needs of children and young people on the floor of the House of Commons. This is a unique advance for our campaign and we are extremely grateful to Sir David and his team.
PTUK hope that it will inspire our registrants to ‘go the extra mile’ in their efforts to gain support for the Charter from policy-makers. Please contact Monika Jephcott and Jeff Thomas to find out how to do this most effectively.
But in the meantime, this is what we’ve been up to!
- Meetings at Westminster with Sir David Amess MP, Steve McCabe MP, Ruth George MP, Tom Brake MP: held by Monika and Jeff, Campaign Spokesperson, Helen Clark, Phil Royal, Kate Day APPG on A Fit and Healthy Childhood
- Future meetings at Westminster scheduled with Julie Cooper MP, Sir Barry Shearman MP: Monika, Jeff and Helen
- Registrants have held meetings with some MPs in their constituencies including Michelle Donelan, David Liddington, Heidi Allen
- Registrant meetings scheduled with MPs Siobhain McDonagh, Sir Mike Penning• Questions tabled for us by George Howarth MP
- Letter to Mike Hancock (Secretary of State for Health and Social Services) written on our behalf by George Howarth MP
- Ministerial letter from Jackie Doyle- Price to George Howarth MP, mentioning for the first time, the Government’s intention to ‘reform mental health law, and the Government will develop and bring forward legislation when Parliamentary time allows.’
- Promise to write to the Secretary of State for Health from Tom Brake MP• Promise to put down Written Questions for us from Ian Austin MP• Promise to apply for an Adjournment Debate on the floor of the House of Commons by Steve McCabe MP
- Early Day Motion 2285 tabled for us in the House of Commons by Steve McCabe MP. To date 42 MPs from all parties have signed.
- Has YOUR MP signed this EDM yet? Ask them to sign up NOW and show their constituents that they are supporting children, their families and carers and everyone who works professionally with them
IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN EVENT FOR THE FUTURE!
: The Jubilee Room 4-6pm. Reception at the House of Commons for the Child Mental Health Charter Campaign, hosted by Sir David Amess MP 29th October 2019
PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH!
PTUK needs to know any and all feedback you have from contact with your own MP about the Child Mental Health Charter Campaign.
Please feed back to Monika and Jeff – and do contact them for advice using email: email@example.com
- Helen had an excellent meeting with Barry Sheerman MP at Westminster. Barry’s wealth of experience and breadth of knowledge on matters of child health and wellbeing are highly valued across the political divide in public life; especially through his distinguished Chairing for many years of the Education Select Committee and lately, the Westminster Commission on Autism ( responsible for the definitive report ‘A Spectrum of Obstacles’). 24th June
Barry congratulated the CMHC campaign on its notable contribution to the fact that:
- Child mental health has now climbed to the top of the national policy agenda
- The outgoing Prime Minister and Government have stated that they will legislate to improve the 1983 Mental Health Act in the interests of children’s mental health services
- All candidates in the current Conservative leadership campaign have faced tough policy questions in their televised debates on child mental health.
We thank Barry very much indeed for his interest and commitment, and are delighted that he hopes to attend our Jubilee Room Reception on 29th October 2019, encourage other colleagues to sign the EDM and also support the efforts of Steve McCabe MP to obtain a Westminster Hall Debate
We also welcome his advice that:
- Registrants continue and step up their excellent efforts to date in engaging the interests of their MPs in the CMHC campaign nationally and locally and urge them to sign the EDM
- The campaign maintains its inclusive ‘all party’ focus
- We should aim to convince ALL political parties to put a commitment to legislate to improve child mental health in their General Election Manifestos
- Early intervention approaches must be enshrined in any new Mental Health legislation – to include maternity provision
- A National Register of Therapists that we propose in the Principles is vital in order to weed out poor practice and dangerous practice and also for safeguarding purposes
- It is essential that training is prioritised for people with responsibility for mental health within schools; they cannot discharge these duties safely or effectively otherwise and all training MUST be properly funded and resourced.
- MPs returned after a week’s short Whitsun Recess. However, they were certainly not inactive as far as our dynamic campaign is concerned! See below for the latest update: 11th - 21st June
- Tom Brake MP, following an excellent meeting with Jeff, Monika and Helen, has now written to Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP asking that he press for a reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act (prioritising the needs of children) to be included in the next Queen’s Speech. Matt was a candidate for the Conservative leadership that will be contested by Boris Johnson MP and Jeremy Hunt MP. Subsequently, Tom has promised to write to whoever the new Prime Minister is; requesting the inclusion of the Bill in the next Queens’ Speech. Tom has volunteered to publicise our campaign vis his social media outlets
- Andrew Rossindell MP who is supporting Boris Johnson for the Conservative leadership has agreed to a meeting : on 11th July at Westminster
- Helen will meet Labour MP, Janet Daby on 23rd July at Westminster to ask for her support in the campaign
- Shadow Communities Minister, Julie Cooper has submitted a Question for Oral Answer in the House of Commons Education Questions Ballot and is tabling some Written Questions for us. Many thanks to Julie for her invaluable ongoing support
- Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP who will contest the Conservative leadership head to head with Boris Johnson MP became the first candidate to mention his plans to insist on mental health support for all children to be available in schools. WATCH THIS SPACE!!
- Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May affirmed that the Government intends to legislate to make good her commitment to correct the ‘burning injustices’ children are faced with in the mental health services
- The first two Conservative leadership debates (Channel 4 and BBC1) included questions put to all the candidates about the need to radically improve children’s mental health services
- Minister for Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price has promised to fix a meting with us following the intervention of Sir David Amess MP
- It is now imperative that Registrants ask their local MPs to sign the EDM and to write to both Boris Johnson MP and Jeremy Hunt MP, asking them to guarantee that they will include a reform of the 1983 Mental Act Health Act in their first Queens; Speech (prioritising the needs of children)
- Helen will meet with Barry Sheerman MP on 24th June at Westminster
- Hearty congratulations to PTUK Registrant, Paula Brown! Paula contacted her local MP, Kerry McCarthy, hoping to interest her in our Child Mental Health Charter Campaign. Paula worked wonders, because Kerry responded by writing in support of the Charter Aims and Objectives to Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price MP. 12th June
Now the Minister has repeated her written pledge to George Howarth MP, stating again that the Government will introduce new mental health legislation prioritising the needs of children when parliamentary time allows. She also said that relevant Departmental Officials have agreed to meet with Jeff and Monika very soon to discuss the key issues.
Well done once again to Paula! We hope that her tremendous success will inspire you all to approach your local MP about the campaign. Don’t forget to tell Jeff and Monika how you get on too!
- MPs returned today after a week’s short Whitsun Recess. However, they have certainly not been inactive as far as our dynamic campaign is concerned! See below for the latest update at the time of writing: 11th June
- Tom Brake MP, following an excellent meeting with Jeff, Monika and Helen, has now written to Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP asking that he press for a reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act (prioritising the needs of children) to be included in the next Queen’s Speech. Matt is also a candidate for the Conservative leadership so this is a very key ‘win’ for us and huge thanks to Tom who has also volunteered to publicise the Charter Campaign via his social media outlets
- Andrew Rossindell MP who is supporting Boris Johnson for the Conservative leadership has agreed to a meeting (date to be confirmed)
- Helen will meet Labour MP, Janet Daby on 23rd July at Westminster to ask for her support for the campaign
- Shadow Communities Minister, Julie Cooper has submitted a Question for Oral Answer in the House of Commons Education Questions Ballot and is also preparing to table some Written Questions for us. Many thanks to Julie for her invaluable ongoing support
- Conservative leadership front-runner, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP has become the very first candidate to mention his plans to insist on mental health support for all children to be available in schools. Thank you to Jeremy and WATCH THIS SPACE!!
- Minister for Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price has promised to fix a meeting with us following the helpful intervention of Sir David Amess MP