​Improving mental health and wellbeing services for children and young people


In 2015, NHS England and the Department of Health set out national ambitions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in their strategy, Future in Mind.

We have worked in partnership with Southwark Council to develop a local transformation plan that is aligned with this national vision for how services could be better. Our plan outlines our commitment to with local partners to improve outcomes for children and young people in Southwark. 

We are continuing to work with local people to develop our transformation plan, which at this stage incorporates the following principles: 
  • 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.
Our plan will support existing children and young peoples’ services to:
  • promote emotional and mental health and increase resilience in all children and young people
  • ensure earlier identification of children and young people exhibiting emotional difficulties so they can access appropriate early intervention services
  • target services to meet priority needs of children and young people, especially those most vulnerable, such as looked after children, children with special educational needs and disability, youth offenders and children from black and minority ethnic communities
  • develop the workforce to make sure they have the appropriate range of skills and competencies to identify and support the needs of children and young people
  • make support easy to access, readily available and evidence-based where appropriate
  • ensure the children’s workforce has a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and those of others, and will have an appropriate range of skills and competencies.
For more information about this work please contact carol-ann.murray@nhs.net or call 020 7525 1316.