Over the last few years, mental health and well-being has become a prominent area of difficulty for children and young people, as well as the impact this can have on those around them; around 1 in 10 children & young people have a recognised mental health difficulty. This affects many children and young people with other recognised Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, which often compounds their difficulties, both academically and socially.
In February 2016, SEND IASS held an event for looking at the "Emotional health needs around the family" - inviting a number of services who work in the Coventry area to come and discuss what their services offered. A short information booklet was also produced which is available to view. It is also available through Coventry's SEND Local Offer pages which also has links to other mental health information.
The Department for Education offer advice regarding behaviour and bullying, which you may find useful. They have produced guidance on commonly asked questions regarding bullying, including details of where to get help, for pupils, parents and teaching professionals.
The Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition have produced a guide "Promoting Children and Young People's emotional health and wellbeing - A whole school and college approach"
Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) have worked in partnership with the Transition Information Network (TIN), the Information Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN) and Making Ourselves Heard (MOH) to develop this factsheet. They have considered the practical implications of the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and how they link with the duties in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act. Through working with young people they have explored how supported decision making can create positive outcomes for them as they prepare for adulthood as well as considering how they would want to be supported.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offer a comprehensive range of services that provide help and treatment to children and young people experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties, or mental health problems, disorders and illnesses. These services are available to children and young people up to their 17th birthday. Referral is through professionals such as GPs and educational psychologists. Visit the Coventry CAMHS website.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Visit the Young Minds website.