Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board

Overview

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme Board will oversee a set of reforms designed to ensure children, young people and their families receive the support they need, when they need it, underpinned by the values, principles and components of GIRFEC, and responsive to local needs and systems. 

In line with the recommendations of the Children and Young People Mental Health Taskforce there will be a 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 Programme Board will work to ensure the development of a coherent, whole system approach with a focus on the pathways and journeys children, young people and their families may take. Importantly, the voices and experiences of children, young people and their families will be at the centre.

The Programme Board is co-chaired by the Scottish Government and COSLA. 

A set of key deliverables have been developed which will be progressed over the next 3, 6 and 12 months. The deliverables sit below the overall ambition of one system which supports children, young people and families, addressing their mental health and wellbeing needs in an integrated way.

These have been identified as:

  1. Enhancing existing community based supports and developing innovative new approaches for emotional/mental distress
  2. Enhancing the crisis support available to children and young people
  3. Strengthening local partnership planning for improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes
  4. Exploring opportunities to enhance the inspection focus on mental health and wellbeing outcomes
  5. Considering specific pathways for groups of children and young people who may be at increased risk of experiencing mental ill health, in line with GIRFEC
  6. Developing a CAMHS Service Specification for use across services in Scotland
  7. Developing a Neurodevelopmental Service Specification for use across services in Scotland
  8. Developing a support and improvement programme for CAMHS and Neurodevelopmental Services across Scotland
  9. Developing a programme of education and training to increase the skills and knowledge required by all staff to support C&YP mental health

Members

  • Donna Bell, Scottish Government, Director for Mental Health (Co-chair) 
  • Jane O’Donnell, COSLA (Co-chair)
  • Amanda Croft, NHS Board Chief Executives
  • Morven Graham, ASPEP
  • Jackie Irvine, Social Work Scotland
  • Kevin Kelman, Association of Directors of Education (Stirling Council)
  • Joanna Murphy, National Parent Forum Scotland
  • Val de Souza, Integrated Joint Board on Chief Officers (South Lanarkshire) 
  • Louise Long, Integrated Joint Board on Chief Officers (Inverclyde) 
  • Rachel Cacket, Royal College of Nursing Scotland
  • Sheila Downie, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • Tim Frew, Youth Link
  • Martin Crewe, Barnardos
  • Graeme Henderson, SAMH
  • Shelagh Young, Home Start Scotland
  • Angela Leitch, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Scotland (East Lothian)
  • Jennifer Halliday, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Carey Lunan, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Michael Chalmers, Scottish Government, Director for Children and Families
  • Graeme Logan, Scottish Government, Director for Learning
  • Sam Anson, Scottish Government, Deputy Director Improvement and Wellbeing
  • Kit Wyeth, Scottish Government, Deputy Director
  • Lynne McNiven, Scottish Directors of Public Health Group (NHS)
  • Dona Milne, Scottish Directors of Public Health Group (NHS)