I am writing to invite you to participate in a user consultation for a proposed National survey on the Mental Health of Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England.
The last survey for the Mental Health of Children Looked After (MHCLA) was carried out in 2002 (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/psychiatric-morbidity/mental-health-of-young-people-looked-after-by-local-authorities/2002-survey/mental-health-of-young-people-looked-after-by-local-authorities-in-england.pdf) so the findings, which inform policy and commissioning decisions for this group at local and national level, are now considerably out of date. The proposed new survey will not only cover currently looked after children, but also those children that have recently ceased to be looked after. As well as providing an update on the prevalence of mental health conditions, the survey will be further developed to help improve understanding of the drivers of poor mental health in looked after children, and to inform how their wider mental health needs can be better met. It is hoped that the survey will provide information that will help inform the development of local services for looked after children and future training for professionals involved in their care (including social workers, foster carers and residential care staff).
We would very much like your feedback about whether the proposed reporting topics and content for the next survey would meet your needs. Please answer our feedback survey on Citizen Space at this link https://nhs-digital.citizenspace.com/consultations/survey-of-the-mental-health-of-children-looked-aft/
Please note you do not need to provide us with your personal details and be assured that if you do so we will not share or publish your personal details without your permission – please see the confidentiality and data protection section at the end of the survey for further information.
The feedback survey will be open until 24 May 2019
If you questions about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org