Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board


Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health remains a high priority for Scottish Government and COSLA as we seek to provide support to those impacted by the pandemic, and address the need to improve mental health services that existed prior to it. 

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board has been formed to continue to progress the aims of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board which met for the final time in December 2020. The Joint Delivery Board is jointly chaired by COSLA and The Scottish Government and is expected to run until December 2022.

Taking into account the changing needs of our communities, the board will oversee reform across relevant areas of education, health, community and children’s services and wider areas that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. The Board will focus on prevention and early support as well as promotion of good mental health and the services children, young people and their families’ access. The voices and experiences of children, young people and their families will remain central to decision making and service design. 

The deliverables have been revised to meet new and ongoing priorities and agreed by Scottish Ministers and COSLA spokespeople and include:

  • continue to enhance community based support for emotional wellbeing/mental distress through ongoing investment and support for local partnerships
  • ensure crisis support is available 24/7 to children and young people
  • support mental health pathways and services for vulnerable children and young people, aligned to the work of the Promise
  • develop a support programme to enable the implementation of the CAMHS service specifications
  • agree and support the implementation of a neurodevelopmental service specification/principles and standards of care
  • developing a programme of education and training to increase the skills and knowledge required by all staff to support children and young people's mental health
  • work jointly with the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board to consider what is currently available and what is required in the future to support the mental health and wellbeing of 3-5 year olds across Scotland, and produce recommendations for further action
  • through a selection of appropriate media platforms we will ensure: 
    o    information on the work of programme board reaches stakeholders, young people, parents and families
    o    information on the interconnecting work of other boards reaches relevant stakeholders
    o    information on how to access mental health support is available to staff supporting children and young people

Where appropriate the deliverables will be actioned by task and finish groups. Membership of these groups will be tailored to the specific deliverables, bringing together those best able to implement the necessary actions. These groups will also ensure that they connect with relevant groups e.g Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board and the Suicide Prevention Action Plan.


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Find out about the work of the Joint Delivery Board

History of the Joint Delivery Board

An overview document detailing the history of the Joint Delivery Board (pdf)

Youth engagement documents

Engagement with children and young people is central to the work of the Joint Delivery Board and we have worked with young people to co-produce youth friendly documents to support their participation:

Information bulletin


Members attending from the following organisations Include:

  • Scottish Government
  • Integration Joint Board (IJB) Network
  • Young person representation
  • Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board
  • Association of Director of Education Scotland (ADES)
  • Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists (ASPEP)
  • Social Work Scotland
  • CAMHS Lead Clinicians
  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
  • NHS Chief Executives
  • National Parent Forum of Scotland
  • Children in Scotland Forum representative (CiS)
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers Forum representative (CCPS)


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