This amendment will ensure that local authorities, supported by Clinical Commissioning Groups,
promote the physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing of looked after children. It
specifically provides for a stronger requirement for the role of designated doctors and nurses for
looked after children, providing strategic oversight in local areas to meet physical and mental
health and emotional wellbeing needs. Children in care and care leavers need to have a strategic
champion who ensures that health and social care services can understand and meet their mental
health and wellbeing needs.
Download the full Briefing on Improving the Mental Health of Looked After Children and Care Leavers.