The way that children and young people are supported to deal with wellbeing or mental health problems can, and must, be made better.
This is why the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney, as well as the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, commissioned Rethink Partners to help us review Children and young People's Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and recommend what changes we could make. It's not just about money, it's often about how services work together and how we can help families and communities manage the everyday worries and anxieties that our young people have.
Some key findings indicate families want easier access (one 'front door'), and they want help quicker and earlier to prevent problems getting worse.
The review found there was a strong vision for the future of mental health services for children and young people, but there is much work to do.
Working with Rethink Partners drew on their expertise in working with children, young people, families and wider stakeholders in getting a range of insights through innovative approaches. This feedback is summarised in the 'Insight Report', available below.
Rethink Partner's full review and recomendations towards improving children and young people's mental health services - 'Transforming mental health services for children and young people in Norfolk & Waveney' - is available below.
Since working with Rethink, over 2019-20 we have used feedback from children and young people to begin the redesign of services, and to involve them further in coproducing a new model of mental health services locally. You can read an update on progress via the briefings below, and through our work on implementing the 'FLOURISH' model locally.