CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH TRANSFORMATION PLAN
Our Good Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2015-2020 includes the following objectives:
- To give every child the best start in life
- To enable all children young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
- To ensure young people are well prepared for adulthood
- To improve the mental health of people in the Bradford district and Craven.
Locally we have a range of initiatives and priorities for Children and Young People. Over the next 10 years Better Start Bradford, a portfolio of projects, will engage with over 20,000 children to improve their social and emotional wellbeing, their communication and language skills and their diet and nutrition. This programme includes a befriender scheme that will be introduced for all expectant and new mothers affected by or at risk of postnatal depression. The development of integrated services to care for the most vulnerable groups including those with special educational needs will include the introduction of new education, health and care plans. Access to urgent mental health care through the Crisis Care Concordat, which is an all age strategy, also emphasises access for children and young people to early and expert help.
At the same time, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce was established by the government to consider ways to make it easier for children, young people, parents and carers to access help and support when needed. The purpose of the taskforce was to make recommendations to ministers, and agree actions aimed at achieving better outcomes for children and young people with mental health problems. In March 2015 the taskforce published its report and recommendations: ‘Future in Mind: promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’.
The report identified a number of core principles and requirements, which were considered fundamental to creating a system that effectively supports emotional wellbeing of children and young people. These principles are provided under the following themes:
- Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
- Improving access to effective support – a system without tiers
- Care for the most vulnerable
- Accountability and transparency
- Developing the workforce.
For further information and to view the full Children and young peoples mental health transformation plan please see the document in the file at the bottom of this page.