About the project
This project was commissioned by the Department of Health and Department for Education to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people who cannot be looked after by their birth families. Over the course of eighteen months we brought together an Expert Working Group of professionals from across health, education and the social care sector to consider what works well and what needs to change. Co-production was an important principle in the project and we spoke to frontline staff and young people to hear their views too.
Aim of the project
The overall aim of the project is to ensure that the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of children and young people in care, those adopted from care or under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), and care leavers are better met.
Several recent reports have highlighted that these vulnerable children and young people do not always get the support they need, and can face barriers in accessing services.
The aspiration is that in the future, children and young people in care will have access to high-quality services, based on a clear assessment of need, from a range of professionals working across agencies.
The project will involve developing:
- care pathways – focusing on the journey that a child or young person in need of support might make
- models of care – the organisation and configuration of services to ensure the provision of appropriate evidence-based interventions
- quality principles – clear statements and measures that set out an achievable marker of high-quality and effective care
- implementation plans and products to support the use of the care pathways, models of care and quality principles.
Expert Working Group
An Expert Working Group has been set up which will meet eight times. The project is due to end in October 2017.
The project scope has been agreed by the Expert Working Group and outlines in greater detail the context for this work, current services, and the population, activities, and settings that will be considered.