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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.

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Board wish to extend their condolences to the Pearson family and the wider community who have been impacted by the deaths of siblings Demi, Brandon, Lacey and Lia in the house fire in Walkden last week.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.

The Educational Psychology Service have been visiting schools to support staff to monitor and support their vulnerable and upset children. The advice in these early stages is that children are best supported by those they know and trust.

The Educational Psychology Service can support schools to do this. If your school needs a visit please ask them to contact Claire.russell@salford.gov.uk, Principal Educational Psychologist.

Helpful advice for parents can be found on the Winston's Wish website www.winstonswish.org.

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 19 January 2018

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