Anxious About School Project
Investing in Children were part of a successful COMF (COVID Outbreak Management Fund) funding application in 2021 which was submitted on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health partnership. The pilot project was developed to support children and families who were anxious about school as well as children with autism who are anxious about school. Following the success of the pilot, the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Partnership within County Durham have agreed to roll out a second phase during the 2022/2023 academic year. Within this Partnership Project IiC will continue to deliver the ASDAN accredited Peer Mentoring programmes to children and young people and a CPD Certified Train The Trainer programme to education colleagues. IiC will support the delivery of awareness raising assemblies and workshops in relation to understanding anxiety and autism, IiC will also be supporting schools to consider different participation approaches to enable them to meaningfully involve children and young people in dialogue resulting in change.
Piece of Mind (POM)
The Piece of Mind Team (Mental Health Support Team) in County Durham works to support education settings offering low level early intervention and preventative support for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. Investing in Children supported the successful Trailblazer application which resulted in three locality teams being introduced across County Durham in 2020. IiC employs Peer Support Workers working across the three teams to deliver ASDAN accredited Peer Mentoring programmes to children and young people and a CPD Certified Train The Trainer programme to education colleagues.
Stamp It Out Partnership Hub
Stamp It Out (now the SIO Partnership Hub) was established in 2016 as a partnership approach to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in County Durham. Coordinated by Investing in Children the SIO Partnership Hub promotes and protects the health of the public, particularly those living with mental health conditions, in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This is done by educating the public in all areas relating to mental health conditions, in order to reduce stigma and discrimination towards people who experience mental health problems. This raises awareness of the signs and symptoms of poor mental health.
Children’s & Young People’s
Mental Health Partnership
This county-wide network is open to anyone interested in children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing in order to:
- Share practice and ideas.
- Hear a range of guest speakers.
- Support each other.
- Have a voice to help improve mental health services for children and families in County Durham.
- Link to the County Durham Children and Young People’s Mental Health Partnership
In 2019 Investing in Children took over the coordination of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Network which had previously been facilitated by Rollercoaster Family Support. The Network is open to anyone interested in children and young peoples mental health & emotional wellbeing, a space to share practice and ideas, updates from guest speakers, a place to support each other, with up to four meetings per year.
Emotional Wellbeing Locality Forums
These forums are a perfect opportunity for mental health leads from education settings, and professionals from the wider mental health support system, to come together to share knowledge, best practice and raise awareness of what support there is available locally.
Following the roll out of the Anna Freud School Link Programme in County Durham in 2017 Investing in Children were commissioned by Public Health to develop and deliver termly meetings that enable education settings and wider services the opportunity to develop:
- Shared understandings across our workforce of mental health and how it affects our young people
- Raise awareness of good practice in key areas
- Increased knowledge of what support is available locally, and how to access it
- Develop closer working relationships across education settings and services
that support improved practices
- Identify patterns of need that can inform commissioning
In addition to hosting termly meetings we also develop and distribute termly newsletters on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Partnership informing Locality Forum members on key services developments in relation to children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
CAMHS Participation Groups
Investing in Children have a long standing agreement working to support the CAMHS Participation Groups across County Durham. CAMHS is the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service which within Durham is managed by TEWV NHS Foundation Trust and offers community based mental health support to children and young people up to the age of 18. Investing in Children regularly ink in with CAMHS Participation leads and attend the young people’s meetings to ensure children and young people that access CAMHS are meaningfully involved in ongoing dialogue and change. The participation groups meet on a monthly basis in the North, South and East of the County.
Emotional Wellbeing Support Rainbow Guides
There are some useful guides for Education Settings, Children and Families and Adults offering information and resources on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support in County Durham. Click on the links below to access the Rainbow Guides: