Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing
Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

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Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing

Session 6: Professional support for children and their mental health

Introduction

During the previous sessions, you have seen that there are many systems around the child and their family that can support a child’s mental health. Within the wider community, therapy and support can be in the form of community or clinic-based as well as hospital (including inpatient) health services. Other valuable support can be via social care or education professionals working for schools, local authorities and charities. Working together with several different professionals and agencies can yield benefits in terms of a child’s mental health, but also some challenges, and you will consider these points.

In this session, you will explore some of the key principles of working with professionals or agencies and discover why multidisciplinary working is important to help support and improve children’s mental health.

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JACKIE MUSGRAVE
During the previous sessions, it's been highlighted that there are many systems around the child and their family that can support their mental health. Such resources can be in the form of community or hospital-based health, social care, or education professionals.
Support can also come from other agencies, such as charities. Working with several different professionals and agencies can bring benefits, but also some challenges. These points will be discussed.
The session explores some of the key principles of working with other professionals or agencies, and highlights why multidisciplinary working is important to support and improve children's mental health. By the end of this week's session, you should be able to understand some of the roles of key health, education, and social care professionals who support children's mental health and wellbeing within the community.
You'll also have some knowledge of referral processes to services such as Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services, which is usually referred to as CAMHS. You'll be able to explain some of the principles, benefits, and challenges of working with other professionals as part of a team with an interdisciplinary approach to children's mental health.
You'll be reflecting on the ways in which voluntary organisations, such as Home-Start and other statutory services, can work together to support the wellbeing of young children and their families by looking at a specific case study. Remember as always, there's a practice quiz for you to do, and enjoy this week.
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By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand some of the roles of key health, education and social care professionals who support children’s mental health and wellbeing within the community
  • have knowledge of referral processes to services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • explain many of the principles, benefits and challenges of working with other professionals as part of an interdisciplinary approach to children’s mental health
  • reflect on the ways in which voluntary organisations such as Home-Start and other statutory services can work together to support the wellbeing of young children and their families.
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