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Children and young people Mental health

Foundations For Our Future: Our commitment to improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people

6 July 2020

The number of children and young people needing help and support for their emotional health and wellbeing across Sussex grows every year. This is likely to have increased further, and at a faster rate, due to the ongoing crisis we are all facing with coronavirus.

However, feedback we have received from those using services, their families, carers and staff have highlighted that the current system is not working as well as it should.

They are telling us that the needs of children, young people and their families and carers must be more at the centre of how we plan, pay for and deliver services. They are telling us that it is not always clear what support is available, from whom or how to access it. 

Independent review

Our commitment to driving real improvement is the reason we commissioned an independently led review called Foundations for Our Future.

This allowed us to hear from those that know best how we can provide the right care and support to local children and young people, what works well and what could be improved.

This has given us a greater understanding around what needs to change and now means we are able to work together to take bold and ambitious action to make change happen.

Read more about the next steps for this work.