Better emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people are a key priority for Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups. All children and young people are entitled to have access to the right support and opportunities to help them develop personal resilience and build positive relationships.
Bedfordshire and Luton CCGs are reviewing current strategies for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, in partnership with other organisations to reflect the requirements of Future in Mind, 2015. As well working to promote, protect and improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing we aim to transform the local services and support that is available.
Our transformational plan recognises the importance of supporting and equipping children, young people, their parents and their families to recognise their mental health and wellbeing needs as well as being able to access the right sort of support at the right time.
The plan has been developed in partnership with children and young people and with contributions from others with an interest in promoting, improving and supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. The plan has been agreed through the Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategic Transformation Steering Group.
XenZone have been commissioned to provide a free and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service to every child or young person in the area. The service is called Kooth.
East London Foundation Trust has been commissioned by Bedfordshire CCG to provide child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to Bedfordshire children and young people. Further information can be found on the new CAMHS website.
In Bedfordshire East London Foundation Trust CAMHS also work with CHUMS to deliver children and young people Emotional Wellbeing Service. CHUMS offer support to children and young people in Bedfordshire with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
The Local Offer sets out in one place what support and services are available for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Offer includes how to access services and organisations for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities from birth to 25 years.