Children and Young People
For each of the disorders we will also offer evidence-based intervention for children and young people aged 5 and over. Typically intervention will follow the same structure of 1:1 CBT delivered by the therapist to take place in the clinic or at home as needed. Interventions delivered will predominantly follow the content of adult models of therapy, unless child-specific models have been developed and rigorously evaluated, but they will also include the following evidence-based components as detailed in NICE clinical guidelines:
- Developmentally appropriate content of sessions to meet the needs of the individual young person
- Involvement of parents during assessment and throughout intervention
- Opportunity for parents to complete psychoeducation and skills training to enable them to act as a co-therapist supporting between session practice and helping to maintain gains made during therapy.
- Liaising with all relevant people in the young person’s broader network including teachers, social workers and health care professionals where necessary to improve the chances of global improvement of functioning.
The evidence suggests that there may be a familial element to mental health disorders such that parents may be struggling with their own mental health disorders and can experience a significant impact to their mental health as a result of having a child struggling with mental ill health. As such, all interventions offered to young people will work closely with the entire family and where necessary will include
- Support and signposting for parents to access their own mental health interventions.
As with adults, the guidelines recommend that young people are seen as soon as possible in the event of relapse. In addition, as we are a national service, we cannot hold responsibility to manage risk. For these reasons, it will be requested that young people referred to our service remain open to their local mental health service to ensure a joined-up approach to care. As needed, this can involve joint Care Planning Approach meetings, regular written correspondence and transition planning between services.