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EACEA National Policies Platform


7. Health and Well-Being

7.8 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 22 January 2021

Mental Health

The first Mental Health Support Teams were launched in 25 trailblazer areas announced in December 2018. These include 12 areas that are also testing a four-week waiting time. These trailblazer MHSTs are building up their capacity and capability during 2019. A further 57 sites were confirmed in July 2019, and these will start developing 123 Mental Health Support Teams during 2020.

Health/Sex and Relationships education

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, all primary schools are required, since September 2019, to provide Relationships Education (retaining their current choice to also provide age-appropriate Sex Education), while all secondary schools (including academies) will be required to provide Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). RSE and health education is statutory from September 2020.