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BPS establishes Expert Reference Group to deliver campaign on mental health of children and young people

07 May 2019

The BPS has established an Expert Reference Group to deliver on the chosen policy priority of the mental health of children and young people.

Following the Senate’s decision to choose the priority for 2019, the first meeting of the ERG has now been held, bringing together experts from a wide variety of fields, including clinical and educational psychology, counsellors, teachers and researchers.  

Their four key objectives are:

  • The Department for Education and Ofsted should introduce new psychological and wellbeing measures into school inspections, accompanied by additional psychological support.
  • Examining bodies and Ofqual should commit to reviewing examinations to provide for psychological conditions and how to reduce stress.
  • The Office for Students should commit to review and standardise psychological provision in universities and consider new approaches.
  • All political parties should commit to developing a conception to age 5 strategy in their election manifestos.

Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the BPS said:

“The Senate process gave us a clear sense of direction on what matters most to our members and the formation of the Expert Reference Group on the mental health of children and young people harnesses the expertise of our members to make a real impact on this vital issue.”


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