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Health Education England commission pilot workforce training in supporting children and young people’s emerging emotional health needs.

We were delighted to announce in February that we will be working with the National Children’s Bureau and the Charlie Waller Trust on an innovative new pilot training programme commissioned by Health Education England. The training aims to reach thousands of staff, from family and youth workers to sports coaches and librarians - helping them spot the signs that a child or young person may require support with their mental health.

Though the long-term aim of this training is to reach 7.6 million members of the workforce across England, the initial phase will offer training to 10,000 staff across the pilot sites of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Norfolk. Target sectors will include education, early years and childcare, physical health, library services, sports clubs, justice and crime prevention, youth and social, family and community services.

Andrea King, our Clinical Director says:

‘We are hugely excited by this pilot because it has never before been done nationally – training for the frontline CYP workforce that places routine emotional health training for all staff and volunteers who come into contact with children and families, on an equal footing as safeguarding children, is ground-breaking.

We would never let a member of this workforce work with a child if they weren’t trained in safeguarding; and this pilot will allow us to give the same priority to emotional health – to support everyone to see the emotional health of children is our shared responsibility. What’s more, what makes this training pilot so unique is that it is currently being co-designed with children and young people, parents and carers and staff members before it is delivered over a 6-month period.”

Sara Tough

Director of Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council and Chair of the Children and Young People Strategic Alliance

“We’re delighted in Norfolk to be part of this ambitious and important training which will give everyone working with children the opportunity to play their part in building healthy and resilient communities. We welcome locally that this will be a partnership and co-produced piece of work. Ensuring that the voices and experiences of children, young people and parents/carers combined with the experience of the multi-professional workforce can help us ensure that Norfolk’s children can flourish.”

Councillor Suzy Horton

Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, and Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council

Dr Debbie Chase

Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council

“We’re thrilled that Southampton has been nominated to participate in Health Education England’s wider workforce mental health training. This training will play a vital part in bringing statutory, voluntary, and service user stakeholder groups together to ensure earlier identification and provision of mental health support for children, young people and their families. By offering this city-wide training teachers, youth workers and mental health support workers will be equipped to support children and young people’s mental health needs at the earliest time point, helping to minimise the escalation of mental health needs and making every contact count.”

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