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Emotional health for children and young people
Emotional health and wellbeing can be supported through:
- Good parenting
- Quality experiences in school
- Leisure and social engagement
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.
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.
Coronavirus information and support
The most up to date information can be accessed via the Salford City Council website
The GM Health & Social Care Partnership have updated their website to include advice, information and resources to support and manage wellbeing in this current situation.
The information and resources cover the following:
- Children, young people and families
- Digital mental health resources
- Learning disability and autism
The following links may also be useful for supporting children and young people:
Anna Freud Centre: clear and simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people, also includes the following three videos:
Young Minds: information include talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
National Autistic Society: has produced guidance for parents, young people and professionals
Mencap: Easy Read guide to Coronavirus
Carers UK: Guidance for carers
CAMHS have created the CAMHS Resources website for young people, carers and professionals bringing together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being.
Parents and Carers: mental health and wellbeing information is available on the mental health support directory.
The Anna Freud Centre has created a new webpage providing self-care advice for parents and carers.
Salford Educational Psychology Service
Talking to Children about COVID-19: Resources for Schools, Parents, Children and Young People
We understand how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations.
We have therefore started to compile a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks, available in the downloadable section at the bottom of the page.
Free online counselling now available for children and young people
Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:
- A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
- Chat forums with other young people
- Crisis information
- Self help resources
Kooth provides information and support along with treatment for children and young people with a range of mental health problems. Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.
Access the Kooth service
Salford Educational Psychology Service:
How to contact us
If you have any questions about the Partners in Salford please let us know