Sussex-wide review of emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people

The number of children and young people needing help and support for their mental health and emotional wellbeing is growing. While staff work hard to get children and young people the help and support they need, the system doesn’t always work as well as it should, with children, young people, their families and carers saying that they wait too long for an assessment or diagnosis, they don’t know what services are available or don’t feel that support is forthcoming or proactive enough. This is something that local health and social care bodies have collectively agreed needs to change.  

NHS and local authorities across Sussex* have commissioned a review, to be independently chaired, of the emotional health and wellbeing support available for local children and young people between 0-18 years of age and including transition into adulthood. 

The review will give an up-to-date perspective about the way our system works in designing and delivering emotional health and wellbeing services and support for children and young people. It will look at evidence, insights and feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders – including clinicians and people who work in services, children, young people and their families - to produce a report with recommendations for how services and support can be improved. 

Contact us 

We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible during the review process and are creating different ways for people to give us their views and opinions. Let us know what you think by:  writing to us: Freepost SEA2474, BN8 2ZZ (please mark any correspondence ‘CYP Review’)  emailing us: s.lofts@nhs.net calling us: 01273 403561.

Attend an event 

We are holding three ‘open space events’ in September – these are meetings where those attending create and manage the agenda, meaning that participants will be able to choose the specific areas they want to discuss. 

Focus Groups  

We have a focus group taking place on 16 September which will discuss the following three themes across different service areas, you can find out more about this event and how to register here. 

 

Surveys  

The surveys will be an opportunity for members of the public and key stakeholders to provide their views, opinions and ideas for improvement about the current emotional health and wellbeing services for children and young people. To complete the survey please visit here.