Improving mental health support for our children and young people

Expert Working Group final report

In February 2016 the Department for Education (DfE) minister announced that an Expert Working Group would be created to ensure that the emotional and mental health needs of children and young people in care, adopted from care, under kinship care, under Special Guardianship Orders, as well as care leavers, would be better met. It was proposed that, by October 2017 the following would be developed:

  • care pathways:focusing on the young person’s journey
  • models of care:how services ensure appropriate interventions
  • quality principles:measures that set out markers of high-quality care
  • implementation products:to support those working in the field.

The charity Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was contracted by the Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Education to establish the Expert Working Group to support this work.

From the evidence base assembled, the work of the Expert Working Group, the views of children and young people who are experts by experience, professionals and those looking after young people, the working group have:

  • established 11 key findings, which are the drivers for change
  • made recommendations that address those findings and will improve the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children
  • developed seven quality statements that define the outcomes that the recommendations are intended to achieve.

To find out more go to the SCIE website



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