The emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people is everybody’s business.
Children and young people who feel good about themselves and are confident and optimistic about their future will be more resilient to deal with the stresses that life will inevitably bring. This is important.
It is known there are links between poor mental health and social exclusion, leading to reduced education and employment opportunities, and financial, social and health inequalities in later life.
This is NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. It sets out our commissioning strategy, priorities and plans to transform the support and services offered to children and young people over a five year period, commencing this year. It has been developed by the CCG working with partners and providers and taking into account the views of children and young people.
This Plan is a unique opportunity to make a step change in the way the system works for children, young people and families.
We know locally that emotional and mental health and wellbeing is their top health concern to and we are listening. Working against a backdrop of rising demand for services and significant financial challenges in the public sector, through service redesign and use of the additional national investment we will:
- Achieve a comprehensive offer that promotes emotional resilience and better mental health and wellbeing in children and young people;
- Break down historical barriers and design support services around children and young people and based on need;
- Shift the focus towards earlier and evidence-based interventions and reduce demand for targeted services to achieve the best value for children and young people.
The document is available to download below.