A new strategy for the health and education of children and young people in the borough has got the go ahead.

The strategy highlights improving accessibility for emotional health and wellbeing services as well as safeguarding children vulnerable children.

Chair of Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andrew Smith, said: "Listening to what Richmond children and young people say has been central to the development of this plan.

"Local organisations need to work together to ensure that children and young people are given every opportunity for the best start in life."

Richmond Council cabinet member for children's services, Councillor Christine Percival, said: "Children and young people represent 24 per cent of the population in Richmond - they are our future.

"Their physical and mental health, education and social status determine the future of the borough.

"By investing in children and young people now we are investing in the future of our borough."