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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Fund to tackle child mental health issues in Cumbria

A FUND will transform the emotional wellbeing of young people in Cumbria, following a successful bid from a partnership of organisations.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria County Council, Action for Children and Barnardos successfully submitted a bid for £400,000 and 14 staff will be trained up to provide support in talking therapies and parenting support for children who are experiencing problems.

The three-year programme, called ‘The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme’, will provide therapies specifically for mild to moderate mental health issues in children.

Dr Sara Munro, director of quality and nursing at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This new money and high quality evidence-based training will enable us to provide better support for children and young people in the county who are experiencing milder mental health issues.

“The evidence shows that this will help children and young people to get the help they need much quicker to prevent them developing more serious issues.

“Working together with our partners has been key to the success of the overall bid, and absolutely essential that we all work together to safeguard the emotional wellbeing of our young people.”

The focus of CYP IAPT is to create change by embedding evidence-based practice across services through training, improving access, developing service leadership, and making use of new technology.

It means that clinicians will have the skills to include the child, the parents and other agencies such as schools in therapies to help children.

The course is a service transformation programme delivered by NHS England that aims to improve existing emotional wellbeing services for children and young people working in the community.

Steph Crosthwaite, from Action For Children, said: “Action For Children are looking forward to continuing to work together with the CYP-IAPT partnership group and using the opportunities it offers to advantage families in our local communities in supporting parenting work and the embedding evidenced based practice and new ways of working together.”

Richard Simpson, assistant director for children’s services at Barnardo’s Cumbria, said: “We look forward to working with the partnership group and use the outcome to drive further improvements in the services offered to children and their families in the county.”

Councillor Anne Burns, lead member for children and young people, said: “This great news is another piece of the jigsaw to help us meet our collective ambition that every child and young person in Cumbria has the support they need to have good emotional and mental health.

“This IAPT programme will complement and enhance Cumbria’s HeadStart initiative. HeadStart will help young people to build their emotional resilience so that they can bounce back from life’s challenges; while an increase in the availability of psychological talking therapies and skilled support for parents and families will ensure that additional help is in place for those that need it."

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