The Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership recognise that children and young people who are emotionally healthy and resilient will achieve better outcomes; they are more likely to have better physical health, achieve at school and grow into happy and healthy adults, and in turn raise happy and healthy families. Health, Local Authority and local Voluntary and Community organisations are all seeing an increased demand for their services and we need to ensure that children, young people and their families get the right response at the right time.
Children and Young People emotional well being and mental health is not the exclusive domain of specialist mental health services, we all have a role to play in supporting children and young people to reach their potential and to equip them with the skills needed to cope with the challenges that life will bring. The cost of not developing emotional resilience and ignoring behavioural issues in children and young people is high, with links to substance misuse, crime, unemployment and poor physical health in adulthood. It is by working in partnership that we can maximise the use of our resources to intervene early and provide support for those children and young people who are in need of targeted and specialist interventions.
Our overall aim is to:
ensure that resources are targeted at building emotional resilience in children and young people,
equip the workforce with the knowledge and skills to recognise and respond when children and young people are struggling with emotional and behavioural issues
Provide early intervention targeted and specialist services for children and young people who require intervention.
Stoke-on-Trent Children and Young People's Strategic Board
The Emotional wellbeing and mental health of Children and Young People from birth to 18 years commissioning strategy 2015-18 can be found in the document library on this website.