The emotional and mental health and well-being of children and young people in Medwayd is a key priority for Medway CCG, Medway Council and our partner agencies. Positive emotional well-being (which includes mental health) is fundamental to improved physical and cognitive development, better relationships with family members and peers, and a smoother trainsition to adult independence. The significant majority of children, young people and young adults will experience positive emotional well-being most of the time, and develop along conventional emptional, social and behavioural pathways. They will almost certainly experience challengesand periods of instability as part of the process growing up, but will recive sufficient support from family, school and wider community to cope yji times of stress without serious or long-term impacts on well-being. 

Howver, in today's fast-paced, ever-changing society, young people are faced with increasingly complex lives and a diverse set of challenges. For some children and young people this can lead to emotional problems and mental ill health. 

This requires a radical rethink in terms of how services are commissioned and delivered locally, ensuring the all servicees and agencies are working together to make the best use of the resources at our disposal. The focus of all services needs to be on early intervention and support and where enduring problems do emerge, to focus on supporting recovery in partnership with the young person and their family. 

The Medway Local Transformation Plan 2015/16-2020/21 sets out our shared committment and priorities toward achieving a brighter future for children and young people's emotional and mental health and wellbeing, regardless of circumstances. 

Ther service transformtion vision by 2020/21 is to ensure all commissioned children and young people's mental health servies in Medway:

  • Challenge the stigma of poor emotional well-being so that no child or young person is disadvantaged or socially excluded because of their experience of mental ill health. This will include strengthening whole school approaches, peer mentoring, parenting support and community groups
  • Support the whole family in relation to emotional well-being, helping parents/ carers to build resilience within the family, identify easrly signs of problems and access expert advice and suppoort
  • Develop emotional well-being services in children's centres, primary and secondary school and community settings
  • Ensure those working with children and young people have skills and confidence to identify, seek advice and respond appropriately to emotional well-being issues through a multi-agency workforce and development programme
  • Develop a clear and joined up emotional wellbeing pathway with qualified, supervised mental health practitioners available through a single point of access to assess underlying needs and potential risks at the earliest possibles stage before recommending support options. 
  • Ensure specialist assessment of our most vulnerable children and young people's emotional and well-being needs, including: looked after children (children in care); care leavers; children and young people in transition; young offenders; children with disabilities and children and young people who have been the victims of sexual abuse and are at risk of developing harmful behaviours
  • Have sufficient capacity to ensure that at least 30% of children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition will recieve treatment from an NHS-funded community mental health service (in line with national performance standards)