CASCADE in Bristol

The Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group commissioned the Centre to deliver Mental Health and Schools Link workshops to all Bristol schools across three CCG and LA locality areas (North, South, Inner City and East). 

They provided an opportunity to bring together key school staff, mental health professionals, CCGs and local authorities in order to better support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in Bristol.

The two-day face-to-face workshops aimed to facilitate:

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  1. A shared view of strengths and limitations of capabilities and capacities of education and mental health colleagues;
  2. Increased knowledge of resources to support mental health of children and young people;
  3. More effective use of existing resources; and
  4. Improved joint working between education and mental health colleagues.

142 schools in Bristol (Maintained, Academies, Free, and Independent) took part in the workshops and were divided into six cohorts (261 attendees).

This report provides an overview of findings from the follow-up survey conducted in the autumn 2017 with workshop attendees. Read the Bristol CASCADE Workshops Feedback report

Results

Overall, the  report found that CASCADE workshops in Bristol appear to have had a positive impact, with improvements in joint working between schools and mental health services and an improved ability to support children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties in a sustainable way. Notably:

  • The majority of the survey respondents described benefiting from attending the CASCADE workshops.
  • Approximately two-thirds of respondents felt that, as a result of attending the CASCADE workshops, they now had a better understanding of the roles of external organisations in relation to supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and knew who to contact for advice or support.
  • The workshops were perceived by many respondents as being a valuable starting point in relation to their work going forward in this area, for example in knowing that organisations would be able to refer to CAMHS (although at the time of the second workshop, they were unable to do so), having the opportunity to network and see what others were doing, and beginning to understand where to start in identifying and addressing mental health need within their organisations. These findings were also reflected in the findings from the in-depth follow-up interviews conducted with a small number of attendees.
  • Approximately two-thirds of respondents described finding the material presented in the workshops “mostly” or “very” useful, with none finding it “not at all” useful. Respondents and interviewees described how the workshops could potentially be improved by including a wider range of information and content tailored to the needs of particular demographics and organisations (e.g. special schools, primary schools, post-16 aged children).