Children & Young People’s Mental Health programme

Background

The South West London Health and Care Partnership has made children and young people’s mental health and well-being its shared health promotion and prevention priority.

As a society, we are more open to talking about mental health than ever before – but the pressures children face are changing and we have to adapt to help them. We want to start earlier and give them the skills to be resilient so they can thrive.

Since January 2018, we have come together as a children and young people’s partnership group, made up of Head Teachers, GPs, mental health professionals, health and social care professionals and the voluntary sector from across south west London – people on the front-line who work with children every day.

 

A ‘whole school’ approach

We have listened to young people, their families, teachers, and front line professionals to develop a ‘whole school’ approach – bringing school leadership teams together with health and social care professionals to deliver training and support for children and young people, their families and teachers.

This new way of working will initially be piloted in around 15% of schools. We want to gather evidence to show this approach can make a difference with the aim of including all schools in the future.

We were successful in our bid to be a wave one Trailblazer for the Green Paper on Children and Young People’s mental health. We have been awarded £1.85m which allows us to put in place enhanced support in a greater number of schools in three boroughs – Merton, Sutton, and Wandsworth.

We are also putting in place new online services which pupils of the selected schools across south west London will be able to access.