The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils

With the launch of Creating Opportunity for All: Our vision for alternative provision (Department for Education, March 2018), the education secretary describes the government’s plans to “transform the lives of all children in AP, in a country where AP is truly recognised as an integral part of the education system”.

Evidence shows that some children and young people are more likely to develop mental health problems. They include – among many others – those living in poverty, looked after children, and those in contact with the youth justice system.
The very fact that a young person is attending AP tends to indicate they are in at least one of these groups and, of course, there is a complex dynamic between these vulnerabilities.

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