Improving the mental health of children and young people

Public Health England, December 2016

These reports describe the importance of mental health and wellbeing among children and young people and the case for investment in mental health. They also summarise the evidence of what works to improve mental health among children and young people in order to inform local transformation of services.

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Local transformation plans for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing: Guidance and support for local areas

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance and the programme of support that goes with it are designed to empower local partners to work together to lead and manage change in line with those key principles through the development of Local Transformation Plans for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The document provides guidance for local areas on the development of Local Transformation Plans to support improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Click here to view the full guidance.

NHS England launches first stage of new programme to improve young people’s mental health services

NHS England, August 2015

NHS England has distributed £30m of funding to improve eating disorder services aiming to achieve 95 per cent of patients being seen within four weeks or one week for urgent cases by 2020.

The funding is the first stage of a new programme to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and will be used to improve community based eating disorder (ED) services so patients are helped earlier and fewer need in-patient care.

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My life, my support, my choice: A narrative for person centred coordinated care & support for children & young people with complex lives

National Voices, March 2015

This report, published today by National Voices and the Think Local Act Personal partnership (TLAP), sets out how good, coordinated – or integrated – support looks to children and young people.  The report offers a clear set of outcomes that commissioners and service providers should be working to.  It covers children and young people up to the age of 25 and takes account of the transition into adulthood.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 17 (2009). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

Click here to view the Evidence Update.

Improving mental health services for young people

Department of Health, 17 March 2015

Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Network Director of Children and Families network at Lancashire Care, was part of a Taskforce that contributed to the findings of a recently published Government report on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The report sets out how recommendations to improve mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people can be achieved through better working between the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and community services, schools and other local services. It also makes it clear that many of the changes needed can be achieved by working differently, rather than needing significant investment.

Click here to download the full paper.

Rise Above: a new health and wellbeing site for young people

Public Health England, March 2015

Public Health England has launched a new website, Rise Above, which offers help for young people on how to deal with personal and societal issues.

Created by young people for young people, Rise Above aims to build emotional resilience in people between 11 and 16 years old, by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up.

The site covers topics such as puberty, relationships, alcohol, self-harm, smoking, contraceptive choices, drugs, body confidence, peer pressure and mental health and encourages conversations in a safe environment.

Click here to view the website.