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Providing care to children and young people with mental health problems has been a growing challenge within UK healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly escalated this issue into a full-blown crisis.

Data from a 2022 Children Commissioners report shows that one in six children are currently demonstrating a probable mental health disorder, and that access to specialist services is subject to postcode lotteries.

The RCN Foundation has funded a series of projects and research initiatives to answer the mental health needs of children, young people, and the nursing staff who support them.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Grants Programme

This three-year programme, launched in March 2022, supports nursing-led interventions that improve care for children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The RCN Foundation is funding the development of an online toolkit of bespoke resources that will support school nurses, health visitors and emergency care nurses to better support mental health and wellbeing among young patients.

The Leathersellers' Charitable Company and RCN Foundation are partnering to provide education grants to non-specialist nurses pursuing postgraduate qualifications in mental health provision. 

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Mental health care for children scoping review

Sheffield Hallam University undertook a scoping review into the provision of mental health care to children up to the age of 18 in the UK. 

Announcing the children and young people mental health and emotional wellbeing grants programme

Grant-making programme to support children's mental wellbeing launches

An online toolkit and education grants will support school nurses, health visitors and emergency care nurses to better support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

RCN Foundation Leathersellers education grant

New funding for nurses working with children in distress

The RCN Foundation and the Leathersellers' Company are jointly launching an education grants programme that will support the mental health of children and young people in the UK.

A girl sits on the floor of a corridor.  By Muhammad Faiz Zulkeflee image from Unsplash

Mental health toolkit for non-specialist nurses

The RCN Foundation is working with the University of Huddersfield and other partners to create an online toolkit of resources for non-specialist nurses working with children and young people.