I believe it is incredibly important to protect the health of children and young people in our society. In recent years we have made huge progress in understanding mental health issues and I support the Government's efforts to transform children and young people's mental health for the better in coming years. 
Approximately 10 per cent of 5 to 16 year olds have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. Between 2015 and 2020, an additional £1.4 billion is being invested to transform children and young people's mental health aiming to help an additional 70,000 children and young people to access NHS specialist services a year by 2020/21.
The Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper is a joint enterprise by the departments for health and education, which sets out ambitious proposals to improve mental health services for children and young people, together with over £300 million of funding. This will incentivise and support schools and colleges to train designated leaders for their pupils' mental health, and introduce new mental health teams, both of which will ease pressure on NHS mental health services.
I know how important counselling services are in schools and I warmly welcome the fact that the "Future in Mind" report is being implemented to expand access to counselling in schools. This will see all areas in England draw up plans for the greater integration between mental health specialists, GPs and schools and recent data suggest that 62 per cent of schools offer counselling services, with this figure continuing to increase over time and with more pupils gaining access to effective mental support. 
With more than 4.5 million children and young people helped by Childline to date, I would like to pay tribute to the NSPCC for providing this invaluable service. I am encouraged by the continued commitment of £2 million a year to the NSPCC to assist with the running of Childline. Those growing up in Britain today experience a range of ongoing pressures and risks in a changing World and Childline provides them with a safe, supportive and confidential space that empowers them to improve their wellbeing.