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Children's Emotional Health Service

ChEWS is the Children's Emotional Wellbeing Service, providing trained, experienced workers to support young people aged 5-18 whose emotional and mental health difficulties are impacting on their day to day lives, to help them back to health. 

ChEWS provides short term mental and emotional health support including counselling and therapeutic activities, one to one support and help accessing services.   ChEWS cannot provide an immediate response service.

ChEWS is provided in partnership with Locala CIC and is part of the Thriving Kirklees service.  ChEWS works closely with CAMHS, nursing services, GP's and local authority services as well as many voluntary and community organisations to help young people and families find the right support for them, and to help keep children and young people safe.

If you would like to find out how to access support please Click Here

Click a link below to find our more about different support offers:

Individual Face to Face Interventions

This is one to one support provided by a Emotional Health Worker, A Senior Practitioner or a Therapist depending on what young people's needs, views and priorities. 

Based on the information gathered in the referral and assessment process, the worker will use a range of activities, tools and interventions to help the young person explore, understand and learn how to improve their mental and emotional health.

All our workers are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked & highly experienced at helping young people improve their lives.

Senior Practitioners

Senior Practitioners are qualified mental health professionals, trained and experienced.

They will meet with children and young people in places where they feel comfortable, this may be in school, at home or in a community venue.  They will get to know children and young people and find out more about how they see their lives, explore factors impacting on their emotional health and help them make the changes required.

They will use tools and resources to help them identify and assess the risk and resilience factors and offer support, activities and resources to increase the young person's ability to deal with the challenges they face and increase their resilience.

The workers will also work alongside family members and other professionals that are supporting the child or young person assisting them to work together to support the child’s emotional and mental health.

Emotional Health Workers

Emotional Health Workers are qualified professionals who are experienced in working with children and young people facing challenges to their emotional health. Like the Senior Practitioners, they will meet with children and young people in places they feel comfortable and work alongside other adults involved in supporting the child or young person.

They will support the child or young person to explore the challenges they are facing and help them develop coping strategies and improve resilience leading to improved emotional health.


Our Therapists are all Diploma qualified and BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) registered.

A Therapist is skilled at helping a person explore their thoughts and feelings and help them deal with the challenges they are facing. Therapy provides a safe and confidential space for the child or young person where their problems can be shared.

Typically, they meet the young person each week at the same time and in the same place and enable them to explore and understand the patterns, thoughts and feelings that impact on their life, and make positive changes.

We offer appointment based sessions in schools, education settings and community venues across Kirklees, with evening and weekend appointments available.

Group Work

ChEWS is not just about one to one work, it’s also about working with children in groups

ChEWS offers 'preventative' groupwork, usually in schools and in larger groups, on topics such as exam anxiety, helping young people understand what they can do to look after their emotional health.  These are usually completed in one session.

Where there is a group of young people with similar needs, we may offer a series of group sessions for them focused on a particular topic.  These sessions often take place after school.

Group work offers the opportunity for young people to learn from and support each other and is a great way of supporting children around issues such as confidence, social skills, self-esteem or developing their ability to deal with angry feelings or behaviours and stress.

Click Here for more information about group work packages available.


Everyone caring for and working with children and young people can support their emotional health. ChEWS Provides a number of information sessions for parents and professionals aimed at improving knowledge of mental and emotional health issues that children and young people face.

For more information about training currently offered please Click Here.

ChEWS will work with other agencies to support schools to take a strategic approach to improving children’s wellbeing.