Evidence and practice
Independent evaluations of the Link Programme showed evidence of:
strengthened communication and joint working between schools and Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)
improved awareness and knowledge of risk factors and mental health issues relating to children and young people
improved understanding of mental health services, referral routes and procedures, and in some cases has resulted in the development of new referral procedures
enabling action planning and catalysing wider change
providing a better understanding of evidence-based practice.
Link Programme in action: Spotlight on BoltonDownload
Sarah Whitehead, Commissioning Manager at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), discusses her area’s participation in the Link Programme in the Autumn term of 2021.
Link Programme in action: spotlight on Kent and MedwayDownload
Jemma Blesky, Programme Manager at the NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), reflects on the impact of the Link Programme in her local area - and how the ethos of joint working has become their mantra as they deliver the programme across multiple areas of work.
Link Programme in action: spotlight on Norfolk and WaveneyDownload
Anna Sims, from Norfolk County Council Children's Services team, reflects on introducing the Link Programme and the positive changes they’ve implemented as a result.
Link Programme in action: spotlight on Telford & WrekinDownload
Andy Cooke, Service Delivery Manager in Pupil Support Services at Telford & Wrekin Council, reflects on the impact of the Link Programme in his locality.