Salford City Partnership


Emotional Health for Children and Young People

Children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing is everyone's business. Emotional health and wellbeing can be supported through:

Children and young people may need additional support at some point in their lives and this is normal. Information and advice, or support from family and friends, usually helps. However, some children and young people may experience difficulties that are severe and chronic. They will need more specialist advice and support.

If you work or volunteer with children and young people you are best placed to recognise problems. The Emotional Health Service Directory is designed for you. You can use it to refer children and young people to appropriate services, and get support. The latest version is now available in the downloadable documents at the bottom of the page. 

A new addition to these pages is the Emotional Health and Wellbeing - Resources, this section has been developed to provide information on emotional wellbeing and mental health, with links to websites, resources and training to support you in your role.

Mental health and wellbeing: Responding to Manchester's terror attack

Following the 22 May terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena, we have developed a series of key messages and support pathways to promote to staff and those across the system in Greater Manchester and the North. These have been created to promote resilience and to support people who may have been affected.

Key Messages

The key messages for promoting resilience are also available on the Greater Manchester and Social Care Partnership website.

  • It is normal to have strong emotional responses to traumatic events.
  • It is important to keep communicating with each other, and to use support helplines.
  • We all need to make space and time to talk and listen.
  • Immediately after a traumatic event like this, most young people and adults, from all of our communities and cultures, will benefit from general support, and will not benefit from specific formal psychological therapy, including counselling.
  • In the immediate aftermath, do not encourage people to relive their experience; this is different to them spontaneously talking about it.
  • Most young people and adults do not go on to develop mental health conditions and recover naturally. BUT, if symptoms are severe or continue for more than 4 weeks, get in contact with your specialist mental health service, through a trusted source (eg GP, council website).
  • An NHS leaflet, Coping with stress following a major incident, is available for use by those seeking further information.
  • For extra support or information please use the following contact:

     MIRP helpline: 0333 009 5071
     Victim Support: 0808 168 911

Post incident support pathways

Here in Manchester we have developed post-incident support pathways for both adults and children and young people. These have recently been adopted in London following the 3rd June incident at London Bridge.

Post-incident support pathways for adults
Post incident support pathways for children and young people

The pathways aim to help services and communities respond to the needs of those people who are experiencing distress following the attack. It describes the range of difficulties that may be experienced by people who are affected and the responses from services and the wider community that are most likely to be helpful.

What to do in an emergency

In emergency situations the young person must attend the nearest A&E unit or call 999.

Following admittance into A&E:

  • A mental health professional will assess the young person following a medical assessment by A&E staff
  • Depending on the age of the young person, this may be a professional from CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) or Adult Mental Health Team
  • If the young person needs ongoing mental health input, a referral to the appropriate team will be made by the assessing professional

Worried about a child

If you are worried about the welfare or safety of a child it is very important you contact us.

Salford City council and partners have a multi agency hub called the Bridge Partnership that screens all contacts concerning the welfare or safety of a child to Children's Services.

The Bridge Partnership can be contacted by telephone on 0161 603 4500, alternatively you can complete an online referral form.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are specialist NHS services. It is a term for all services that work with children and young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties. We have agreed to transform CAMHS over the next five years so that children and young people in Salford can enjoy a happy, confident childhood and achieve their potential. The CAMHS Transformation Plan (see Downloadable documents at the bottom of the page) shows how we will do this by investing in services which focus on community support. We have also published a summary of the CAMHS Transformation Plan (also under Downloadable documents).

March 2017 update: Salford's updated CAMHS Transformation Plan is now available in the downloadable documents section.

The update is in response to the national implementation guidance published in July 2016 'Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health' and contributes to the 'starting well' ambition of the Salford locality plan.

This page was last updated on 16 October 2017

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