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The Link Programme is led by local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups, with education colleagues playing an essential part. Schools, FE colleges and mental health professionals in participating local authorities will be encouraged to contribute and will be invited to the online tailored support sessions.

As it takes shape in your area, the programme may seek to survey local schools and FE colleges to help identify the needs from their unique perspective. Completing the survey gives education professionals the opportunity to make their voices heard at a strategic level, influencing the commissioning of local services.

The CASCADE framework is a practical tool developed for the Link Programme for use with stakeholders working with children and young people. It identifies levels of joint working between education and mental health professionals across seven key domains.

The videos below will introduce each letter of the framework and suggest some practical actions you could take to ensure children and young people are receiving the best possible care and support.

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  • Introduction to the CASCADE framework

    Monisha Jefcut, Training Manager in the Centre's Schools Division, introduces the CASCADE framework, a practical tool developed for use with stakeholders working with children and young people to identify levels of joint working across seven key domains.

  • Link Programme National Event

    Hear directly from local authorities, schools and children and young people’s mental health services about how the programme shaped their long term strategies in this recording of our national learning event from May 2021.

  • Clarity on roles, remit and responsibilities

    Vicky Saward, Head of Training in the Centre’s Schools Division, introduces the first letter of the CASCADE framework which refers to clarity on roles, remit and responsibility of partners involved in supporting children and young people’s mental health.

  • Agreed point of contact

    The second letter of the CASCADE framework, A, stands for agreed point of contact and role in schools and FE colleges and children and young people’s mental health services

  • Structures to support shared planning

    The ‘S’ in CASCADE stands for structures to support shared planning and collaborative working

  • Common approach to outcomes measures for young people

    The second C in the CASCADE framework stands for Common approach to outcomes measures for young people

  • Ability to learn and draw on best practice

    The second ‘A’ in CASCADE stands for ability to learn and draw on best practice.

  • Development of integrated working

    The letter D in the CASCADE framework stands for development of integrated working to promote rapid and better access to support.

  • Evidence-based approach to interventions

    The final letter of the CASCADE framework, E, stands for ‘evidence-based approach to interventions.’

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