The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce has been set up to consider some of the biggest challenges facing mental health services for children and young people, and to find ways to tackle these problems across the system.
What is the purpose of this survey?
An important part of finding solutions is speaking with professionals who work with children and young people across a diverse range of sectors.
The Taskforce has heard about the problems that children and young people face in getting the right support for their mental health needs. We now want suggestions from frontline professionals of feasible solutions and practical steps that government, the NHS, voluntary organisations, local authorities and individual providers could take to improve children and young people’s mental health outcomes.
Who should take part?
There are no special requirements to take part, this is an open call for views. The Taskforce wants to hear views on these issues from a diverse range of professionals who work with children and young people directly or indirectly and have experience and ideas to share with us.
We will be speaking to children and young people and their families separately to this survey. If you would like to know more about this,, please contact CYPMHTaskforce@dh.gsi.gov.uk
What information is the survey looking for?
The questions are built around the four key themes identified by the Taskforce members:
• Data and standards
• Access and prevention
• A co-ordinated system
• Vulnerable groups and inequalities
Before each question, we have provided context as to why we are asking that particular question. We particularly want practical solutions and steps that may not have occurred to our Taskforce members. Ideas can be short, medium, or long term. If you have personal experience of something working well or badly, then please do include this.
The survey contains 11 questions. Please limit your answers to a maximum of 150 words. You do not need to answer all of the questions if you don’t wish to.
If you work with young people who are considered particularly vulnerable (e.g. victims of sexual exploitation, learning disabled children, looked after/adopted children, young offenders), please consider specific ways that the questions relate to them.
What will happen to the views I feed in?
Your ideas and views will directly impact the core work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce by informing and shaping the contents of their final report, which we expect to be published in the spring.
What other ways are there to get involved?
We are also holding three regional engagement events in late November and early December. For more information on attending these, and giving further views, please visit:
South West - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyp-mental-health-taskforce-professionals-engagement-south-west-tickets-14259864639
South East - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyp-mental-health-taskforce-professionals-engagement-south-east-tickets-14259974969
North East - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyp-mental-health-taskforce-professionals-engagement-north-east-tickets-14260031137
Where can I find out more?
More information on the Taskforce and its Task and Finish Groups can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-well-being-taskforce
For updates on the work of the Taskforce, please follow #CYPMHTaskforce on Twitter. To send us your suggestions on improving CYPMH services, or to follow/join the online discussion, follow #youngmentalhealth.
For queries or problems, please contact CYPMHTaskforce@dh.gsi.gov.uk