We have published our Transformation Plan and Action Plan to meet the national ambition for mental health for children and young people as set out in Future in Mind, published jointly by the Department of Health and Department for Education in March 2015.
The Transformation Plan has four themes.
1. Promotion of good emotional and mental health, prevention of problems, and early intervention when difficulties arise.
2. Ensuring easy access to help when it is needed.
3. Support for the most vulnerable children and young people.
4. Developing a community eating disorder to support young people with eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa; this service is being developed jointly across North Yorkshire and York.
The projects in the Transformation Plan were developed following a lengthy engagement process involving young people, parents and families, local authority colleagues, voluntary sector, schools and a range of health service providers. The key projects are:
- Mental health worker linked to all schools and GP surgeries to provide advice, training and some tailored support for individual pupils and groups of pupils.
- A single point of access into help across all children’s services, including health and emotional support so that children and families can be signposted easily to the most appropriate service for their needs.
- Access for secondary school pupils to online information, advice and support: this will help them decide what information and support they need, and will help them build confidence to talk with trusted advisors about their concerns.
- Advice and training for schools to build resilience as part of a whole school approach to nurturing emotional health and wellbeing.
- Life Coaches to support particularly vulnerable young people in care, on the edge of care or in the Youth Justice System.
- Innovation Fund to enable young people, charities and the voluntary sector to access small funds for local projects.
- Community eating disorder service to provide specialist treatment for young people and their families to overcome eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
The projects carry annual funding of £579,800 until March 2020. They are overseen by an Implementation Group comprising membership from the CCG and local authority partners, and report to the Children’s Trust and the Health and Wellbeing Board.