The Government has today released details of plans to transform children’s mental health care nationally and Kirklees has been selected as one of 25 Trailblazer sites across the UK.
Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust Director, Tom Taylor, responded to the announcement today:
“We are excited to be part of the piloting of new mental health support teams, piloting new ways of providing mental health support to young people and families in partnership with local schools, Kirklees Council and SWYFT.
We already provide mental health support to over 400 Kirklees children every month. The charity provides telephone advice to parents, carers and professionals as well as one to one support, group activities and training. This funding allows us to do more. Every month over three hundred new requests for support are received.
This is much needed extra funding for children’s mental health and will strengthen our partnership with Kirklees schools and help us all to work together to ensure fewer children develop long term mental health problems.
We will continue working closely with Locala Community Partnerships, SWYFT, Yorkshire Children’s Centre and Home-Start Kirklees through the Thriving Kirklees partnership.
The pilot will train eight new mental health workers who will provide joined-up, early support to vulnerable young people over the next two years, with support from CAMHS, Education Psychology and experienced mental health workers from Northorpe Hall.
This is great news for Kirklees young people and families for 2019 and we’re keen to play our part in shaping children’s mental health services for the future.”