Collecting statistics on pupils ‘not within department’s remit’
Saturday 2nd March 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
EDUCATION does not know how many island schoolchildren and young people have mental health problems, it has confirmed.
The department responded after Deputy Andrew Le Lievre, pictured, told the States it was possible that as many as 700 schoolchildren could be affected.
Education said it did not collect statistics because it was not within its remit.
However, the department said it recognised the mental health and wellbeing strategy highlighted that approximately one in 10 people would suffer from mental health issues during their lifetime.
‘The Education Department and its schools and services recognise the importance of good mental health and wellbeing for children and young people, and indeed our staff, and will continue to build on the existing work taking place within schools to ensure our children and young people are healthy and nurtured, safe, achieving and active, respected and responsible and included,’ it said.
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