Council Extends Children’s Mental Health Worker Funding

Council Chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

The Council has agreed to extend funding for a children’s mental health worker for a further six months.

The part-time position is part of the Targeted Mental Health In Schools (TaMHS) programme, which was started in 2008 by the previous Labour administration and aims to support children aged 5 to 13 years with behavioural, social or emotional problems.

It was previously funded by a one-off Government grant to the Council, which finished in July 2011.

The £26,000 cost of the extension will be taken from the Scilly Education Grant, which is currently under spent.

Unusually, the decision to extend the funding and transfer the money from the education budget was taken by the Chief Executive, Philip Hygate, rather than going before the Children  & Young People’s Committee meeting in October.

This was so the funding could start in September, allowing support to continue from the beginning of the new term.