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Children and young people's mental health

Here you'll find information about useful websites about emotional, mental health and wellbeing issues for children and young people.

30 September 2021

The Local Transformation Plan (LTP) 2020/21

The Children and Young People's LTP provides a collective vision for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to address the emotional and mental health needs of its children and young people’s population over the next five years. It recognises the importance of supporting and equipping parents and families, where appropriate, to support their children and young people with mental health and wellbeing needs.

The updated plan provides an overview of the service developments, achievements and challenges over the past 5 years and a summary of the previous LTPs.

Local Transformation Plan (LTP) 2020/21

24 June 2021


(launches 1 July 2021)

YOUnited offers help to children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health registered with a GP in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

It is available to those up to the age of 25 and offers a range of support including therapies, counselling and guided self-help.

Referrals can be made to YOUnited by a GP or any professional working with children or young people.

Referral information can be found on the CPFT website here and in the attached briefing note.

All referrals are triaged and assessed by specialist staff from YOUnited who then work with children and young people, as well as their family or carers if necessary, on the best pathway to support their needs.

The YOUnited referral hub only accepts professional referrals. Young people between 17 and 25 can self-refer to Centre 33.

YOUnited is a partnership involving: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Centre 33, and Ormiston Families. Young people have been instrumental in helping co-design the service.

10 June 2021

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service

From 1 July 2021, CHUMS will no longer be delivering the Emotional Wellbeing Service in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. From 1 July, a new service called Younited will be providing support for children and young people with their emotional wellbeing and mental health.  

We would like to reassure those already referred to CHUMS that the new service will continue to support you with your mental wellbeing, and this change will not affect the level of support offered to you.  Children and young people will be contacted by the new service in due course.

Younited will be provided by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) under a partnership agreement with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Centre 33, and Ormiston Families.

Professionals will be able to make a new referral to this service from 1 July 2021.

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Keep your head website

Growing up can be challenging – with exams, issues with friends, changes at home, or finding a job. This can affect how we feel and it can impact on our wellbeing and mental health. The Keep your head website brings together good, reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children and young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

Kooth website

The Kooth website is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people, accessible on mobiles, tablets, and via your desktop.

Transitions from Children and Young People (CYP) to Adult services / Preparing for adulthood

When young people transition to adult health services the aim is to ensure that any assessment of need is completed as early as possible and enable a seamless move to appropriate universal and specialist healthcare. Importantly, this includes identifying the different services available once someone reaches a certain age and supporting the young person to access alternative healthcare and support for that young people, and their families, to achieve identified outcomes. 

Those who may have a greater need within health service transitions could include but not limited to:

  • young people in receipt of children’s continuing care funding that move to adult continuing healthcare services and funding.

  • young people accessing child and adolescent mental health services moving to adult mental health services; and

  • young people with an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan that identifies other health services in order to meet assessed needs and outcomes.

    Mental health difficulties are very common, 75% of adult mental health needs commence by the age of 14 years and 1 in 4 adults will experience issues with their mental wellbeing at some time in their lives.

    Young people aged 17 can access Adult Mental Health Services either via their GP or through self-referral to the services, depending on the service and support required.

National-level guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), published in 2016, is not focused specifically on mental health conditions but highlights that transition support in any health or social care service should:

  • Involve the young person and their family or carers, primary care practitioners and colleagues in education, as appropriate.
  • Address all relevant outcomes, including those related to education and employment; community inclusion; health and wellbeing, including emotional health; independent living and housing options.

For more information on which Mental Health Services and support is available please go to Keep Your Head Website.

Keyworker Collaborative

The keyworker function sits under Children’s Learning Disability and Autism Programme formally known as Transforming Care.
NHS England/Improvement has made commitment that all children and young people who are in mental health setting or who are at risk of admission, will be allocated a keyworker to co-ordinate the system. This is to prevent unnecessary admission or to ensure swift discharge and resettlement back into the community.

On 9 September 21, we held a Keyworker Launch event. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge the difficult past that people have had and share stories of young people and their families.

The launch was set to the very beautiful words of Poet Daniel Pierce and takes through three key moods:

  • Midnight - the difficulty and the danger of a dark time
  • Dawn - knowing that something needs to change
  • Midday  -  hope for a better tomorrow,

The following is a summary of the content of the day.

For further details please take a look at the presentations that give more detail on the Keyworker project and feedback from the event. There are also some videos to watch.

Thanks, to Abbey Rowley for all the work done on this and for the great videos.

Video links:


Midnight: https://vimeo.com/617841560/0c229ae46c

Dawn: https://vimeo.com/617829533/4df1bbee9b

Midday: https://vimeo.com/617846012/330cc7ba0f