Ben Twomey, NYAS Head of Policy and Research has presented oral evidence at the parliamentary inquiry launched by the Women and Equalities Committee after submitting a detailed written response earlier in the year.
The inquiry is looking at the issues that affect mental health for men and boys in a bid to establish what more can be done to address the problem. It will explore the different factors leading to mental health problems in men and boys, the barriers they face when accessing support and how frontline services can be more inclusive to overcome this.
We used the opportunity to place a spotlight on the mental health issues faced by the care-experienced men and boys that it works with and to stress how the right support can prevent these individuals and others like them from spiralling into further difficulties.
NYAS is working with the Committee to ensure their final report also reflects the voices of the men and boys we work with who are facing mental health issues. Our submission also includes five key recommendations to the Committee that relate to education, criminal justice, transitioning to adult services and the right to advocacy.
NYAS have responded to an inquiry held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. The topic of the inquiry was children who go missing from ‘out of area’ care placements, which includes residential children’s homes.
Drawing on the data we hold from our ‘Return Interview’ services across the country, NYAS’ evidenced the scale and nature of some of the issues facing care-experienced young people who go missing, and our report can be found here.
We are working with the Parliamentary Group to empower children and young people to have a direct input into their inquiry. This is in keeping with our key recommendation that the child’s wishes and feelings must be taken into account in decisions made about their placement and their lives. Read full report here.
The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee invited written submissions to their inquiry into the mental health of men and boys. NYAS’ response was accepted and published by the Committee, read and download the full report.