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Introduction to Children and Young People's Emotional Wellbeing Plan 2020

On this page professionals and school staff will find information and support if they are concerned about a child or young peron's emotional wellbeing and mental health.

" Our vision is for children and young people in Suffolk to have the best start in life, enjoy good mental health, be resilient and productive, enjoy school, make friends, achieve their full potential ad have a positive and happy relationships".

Emotional Wellbeing 2020 Plan (EWB 2020) is our a five-year plan to transform the system and services that support the emotional wellbeing of all children and young people in East and West Suffolk. The Plan outlines 5 big ideas and 10 priorities for us to develop, based on what children, young people and their families have told us.

A funded programme of learning and development has been created in collaboration with mental health specialists, parents/carers, children and young people, workforce development specialists, and key members of our system-wide workforce to provide training and online support to enable us all to become more skilled and confident at supporting children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.

The following services offer emotional wellbeing and mental health support to professionals, and you can signpost young people and parents to these services:

Suffolk Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub replaces the NSFT (Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust) Access and Assessment Service for 0-25-year old’s, providing a simple process for all professionals, families, and young people to make a referral or get advice about wellbeing and mental health services.

The Emotional Wellbeing Hub provides:
• A multi-agency team of Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners to ensure a collaborative way of working that identifies the right course of action for successful intervention with a child or young person experiencing poor mental health.
• An online referral form for professionals and families who are concerned about a child or young person's emotional wellbeing and mental health. Young people can also go online and self-refer.
• A consultation helpline for expert advice about emotional wellbeing and mental health issues relating to children & young people aged 0-25 years.
How to contact the service:
Phone the Emotional Wellbeing Hub on: 0345 600 2090, Monday to Friday 08:00 – 19:30
Referrals can be made online via www.emotionalwellbeinggateway.org.uk 
New Emotional Wellbeing Gateway Website

The Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website assists professionals and families who are worried about a child’s emotional wellbeing, providing online guidance and local support services for common mental health issues.

The information available on the Emotional Wellbeing Gateway website, which is funded by the Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing 2020 Plan, has been co-produced with the Suffolk Parent Carer Network, and includes:

Information and resources about emotional wellbeing support, including how to access the Emotional Wellbeing Hub.

Practical advice and guidance pages on common mental health issues, such as, anxiety, stress, depression, eating disorders, and self-harm.

A directory of local organisations and community services that offer emotional wellbeing support to children, young people, and families.  

The Source – for young people
The Source is a website for young people to access information, advice and guidance on issues they may face in their everyday lives. The site includes a link to Ask the Expert (provided by Suffolk Young People's Health Project - 4YP) which provides online 1:1 support for young people. Ask the Expert is available Monday to Wednesday 5pm until 7pm.
Chat Health is a confidential text service provided by the school nursing team Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:30 for help about a range of issues.
Text a school nurse on 07507 333356. 
Emotional Wellbeing Training - for professionals only

We have a selection of training opportunities available to professionals. The new training courses provide an understanding of:
• Why it’s important to be emotionally healthy and how to spot the risks to mental health,
• Common mental health symptoms, and how they affect family life,
• How to guide children and young people who are experiencing poor mental health towards the support they need.
To find available course dates, and to book a place, go to Suffolk CPD Online. Go to the ‘multi agency’ channel and search using course event code MHFA or SNM.

If you have not already created a training profile on Suffolk CPD Online you will need to do this, before booking onto to an event.
Instructions can be found here

MindEd - Emotional wellbeing and mental health e-learning and support for families

MindEd, is a great resourceful website offering e-learning modules to professionals (Please note that the website also has a wealth of easy to read information that you can signpost parents and carers to - MindEd – for families

MindEd - for Professionals & Volunteers has a suite of core e-learning modules for professionals that has been selected to foster a universal understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing in our children and young people. To access their e-learning models you need to create a learning account by registering on the MindEd home page here.

You will then need to sign in to track and record your progress every time you work on a module. To view your progress simply click onto the 'My Sessions' link in your profile page.

Please bear in mind

The content of these modules is extremely valuable in understanding the challenges some of our children face. However, they are designed for a national audience and may occasionally contain some information which is at variance with methods practised within your organisation. Please keep this in mind as you work through the modules.

Universal modules (to access a module below, click on it's title)

Continuity and Coherence in Thinking - covers recognising situations in which different agencies and childcare professionals have different priorities for a child, enabling you to reduce the likelihood of this happening.

Eating Problems - describes eating problems within the general population before explaining how to recognise anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorders.

Family Relationship Problems - focuses on family relationship problems as an important factor affecting the behaviour and emotional state of children and young people.

Mental Health and Wellbeing - aims to help practitioners to describe mental health and well-being and identify the wider social determinants which protect vulnerable children and adolescents.

Putting Information Together - offers a framework for focusing on a child or young person's needs, and formulating an effective plan or intervention.

Self-harm and Risky Behaviour - provides the background to self-harm, common associated conditions and the optimal approach to managing it in the community.

Optional modules

Managing Risk: Self-harm and Suicidality - aimed at more experienced/specialist users, it focuses on the shorter and longer-term management of self-harm and suicidality, and touches on the assessment frameworks.

Wrap Around Approach - looks at the relevant systems in relation to child mental health and why it is important for these systems to work coherently.

Other useful websites and information