I welcome that ministers are continuing with the urgent work of overhauling how police, social care and other agencies work together to protect vulnerable children. This includes from the kind of organised grooming and sexual exploitation that has come to light in Rotherham, Rochdale and other towns and cities across the UK.
To reduce the stigma attached to mental health it is crucial that children are taught about the importance of mental health awareness. I know that the vast majority of secondary schools are already teaching their pupils about mental health through subjects such as Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and drama. I am encouraged that the Department for Education has provided funding for the PSHE Association to produce guidance and age-appropriate lesson plans to help teachers and schools teach about mental health. I am also encouraged that the Government made amendments to the Children and Social Work Act that would require all secondary schools in England to teach relationships and sex education, including a focus on mental wellbeing.
Good careers education and guidance can help young people, whatever their background, to make informed choices, climb the ladder of opportunity and go on to fulfilling jobs. That is why £70 million is being invested this year to support young people and adults to get high quality careers provision.
The Careers & Enterprise Company has been set up to prepare young people for the world of work by transforming the provision of careers, business and employer engagement. Employers, schools and colleges - including Sixth Form Colleges - are coordinating to ensure that all young people have access to broad and balanced careers advice. It is essential they are aware of all the opportunities open to them; whether this be academic, vocational or direct entry into employment.