Improving how we care for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people

To get the conversation started, here is one of our ideas for how we can give children and young people the best start in life - we'd like to know what you think of it. 

We have agreed a new approach to caring for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. There is lots of work to do to make our new approach a reality, but here are the key elements of the changes we are making: 

  • We are creating new dedicated mental health support teams in schools. The first two teams will launch in January 2020 and will be made up of Education Mental Health Practitioners, Senior Therapists, a manager and support staff. These teams will work across King’s Lynn and North Norfolk, with each supporting children with mild to moderate mental health needs, across 40 schools. In the longer term we want to create teams across the area.
  • At the moment some of our child and adolescent mental health services are for 0-18 year olds and some are for 0-25 year olds. In future we want to make all of these services available to 0-25 years so that there is consistency. 
  • Our approach will be based on a model called THRIVE, which has been used successfully in other areas of the country. The THRIVE model moves away from a traditional tiered approach to mental health services and focuses on the specific needs of each young person, bringing in extra support as and when a child needs it. 
  • The new model and approach will enable those providing support to children and young people to work together to ensure that we have one approach to meeting the needs of children and young people, with one set of shared outcomes.

Why the contribution is important

We need to make it easier for children and young people to get the support they need, when they need it. Children and young people and their families and carers, clinicians, professionals and staff, have been part of the development of our approach. They have told us that it can be difficult for children and young people to get help, that it can take too long to get help and that by having different tiers of services it can leave some not getting the care they need because they don't meet the specific criteria for the services available. 

Our new approach to caring for the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people will be a key part of our new five year plan. What do you think of it? What do we need to consider as we develop more detailed plans for making our new approach a reality? 

by Chris_admin on July 16, 2019 at 04:24PM

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  • Posted by Dan_K July 19, 2019 at 14:32

    I think having mental health teams working with schools is really important. But it’s also important that as a society we address why so many children and young people are developing mental health conditions in the first place, not least the impact that poverty has on families and a child’s development. Part of the solution needs to include parenting support and mental health care for parents.
  • Posted by LGBT July 26, 2019 at 17:42

    I totally agree with Dan K comment regarding addressing why so many children and yp are developing mental health conditions in the first place. Prevention is so important and also recognising organisations that work with children and yp to prevent their mental health from deteriorating.
  • Posted by Chris_admin July 30, 2019 at 15:04

    Thanks for your feedback Dan_K and LGBT. You're right, there are lots of brilliant organisations and voluntary groups that work with children and young people to keep them healthy and well, and provide extra support when needed.

    We do need to be doing more to prevent children and young people from developing mental health conditions. Is this something we all have a role to play in? What is it that formal health and care services should be doing? What can we all, as individuals, families and communities do?
  • Posted by LGBT July 31, 2019 at 10:49

    We ALL, including the children and young people have a role in this Chris admin. From extra funding to knowing what extra support is out there, it is not just health and care services or the individuals or families but also schools. I could go on...….
  • Posted by Michelle August 01, 2019 at 12:17

    Our m ental health system is far from being fit for purpose for adults and children
    I agree this is a good idea and should be done but parents and carers need support too
  • Posted by LGBT August 01, 2019 at 16:48

    Totally agree Michelle.
  • Posted by Miniking August 05, 2019 at 10:01

    Who is going to be responsible for referring into this service? If you are relying on teachers/senco then I don’t think CYP’s will benefit as the quiet child that doesn’t cause a problem will still get overlooked.
    Also will the service work with CYP with Neurodevelopmental problems such as ASD? It is next to impossible to get any assistance for the mental health of these children at present.
  • Posted by vanessa August 07, 2019 at 20:21

    Its all very well embedding a service in schools but
    1. Children are not in school for 13 weeks of the year.
    2. Children with mental health problems are less likely to be in school.
    3. Especially with mild to moderate mental health needs, working with the child in isolation without family involvement is not likely to be that effective.
    4. I agree with Dan K that part of the solution needs to include parenting support and mental health care for parents.
    5. Introducing the scheme across 40 schools still leaves a large swathe of children in the other schools without a service.
  • Posted by LGBT August 19, 2019 at 10:44

    Who is also going to fund the "extra support" (bringing in extra support as and when a child needs it.)
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