Children's Mental Health Transformation

We all want children and young people to have good emotional well-being and mental health. There are a range of services across Norfolk and Waveney which help children and young people with mental health problems.

We want children and young people to have the opportunity to build good attachments and relationships with their families and peers, which will lead to more children having good emotional wellbeing and mental health from the outset.

For those that do have problems, we want to help more recover with a positive experience of care and support so that fewer children suffer avoidable harm.

Norfolk County Council and NHS Commissioners are working together to review the support available and to modernise and improve mental health services for children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney.

We think we can change how we work and how services are organised so that children and young get more timely support and treatment.

Our mental health services are currently able to reach up to 36% of children with diagnosable mental health problems each year. The number of children and young people being referred to mental health services is also increasing – there has been a 10-15% year on year increase in referrals in Norfolk and Waveney.

The outcomes we want for children and young people are:

  • More people will have good mental health
  • More people with mental health problems will recover, and will have a positive experience of care and support
  • More people with mental health issues will have good physical health
  • Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm, and experience stigma and discrimination
  • More infants, children and young people with mental health needs will be able to remain at home for the long term with their parents/carers in safe, stable and nurturing circumstances
  • More people will be able to make and maintain positive, supportive relationships
  • More people will be able to be engaged with and achieving in education, training and employment
  • More children in need and more looked after children with mental health needs will be able to access services specific to their situation, resulting in better life opportunities.
 

We are working with the five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Norfolk and Waveney, service users and carers, the mental health trust and other organisations which provide services.

Some contracts we have with organisations that provide mental health services for children and young people will end between April and September 2019; this means we have an opportunity to look carefully at the services we have and how we want them to look in the future. Any new, redesigned provision would need to be in place in April 2019. 

Until then we will continue to work with the organisations providing mental health services to improve the support available to children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney within the terms of their existing contracts. 

The project will help to change the mental health system for children and young people in Norfolk and Waveney to create modern, integrated services which work well together. We are also transforming mental health services for adults.

This work supports the aspirations of the local Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP), the Five Year Forward View requirements and NCC Children’s Services Improvement Plan and complements the Local Transformation Plan (LTP) and Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies Programme for children and young people.