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The creation of clear structures for professional development, support and training for staff, and working jointly with youth agencies or other services to provide access to a separate pool of highly skilled staff. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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Coordinate and address individual needs

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Work with all relevant agencies to ensure that services for children and young people with mental health problems are coordinated and address their individual needs, providing a holistic approach. From: england.nhs.uk

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Strong links with community agencies and in particular with Tier 3 – an outward looking treatment ethos – need to be worked on. Similarly, in-patient staff need to be encouraged to think about what they can offer to help improve support to young people on discharge. (See YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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Young people need the help and advice of a wide variety of sources at times of crisis. There are voluntary, statutory agencies as well as relatives or friends who they find easier to approach than parents. So we can sign post them to these sources when preparing discharge.

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Liaison with local voluntary agencies

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Liaison with local voluntary agencies, e.g. youth groups, to access skilled staff who may be able to run groups in the unit, or offer activities for young people. (From YoungMinds’ Where Next)

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‘Street based’ mental health outreach services

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“Help needs to be offered early to prevent problems escalating and that help needs to be holistic and flexible to the needs of individual young people.”

“Mental health workers need to be able to go out into the community, to work creatively, and alongside other agencies, to meet the needs of people whose lives may be chaotic and who may be facing multiple difficulties. There are a number of organisations offering ‘street based’ mental health outreach services of this kind, who do some excellent work, but these are too few and chronically under-resourced.”

Sarah (not her real name) is a social worker for a London-based youth offending service.

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Professional relationships

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“We have professional relationships with staff external to the ward, such as schools and social workers, and we draw on the expertise of other disciplines within the CAMHS team itself. So it’s important to know the responsibilities of these agencies and have a good working relationship with them.”

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Communication between different services

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Communication between different services, and communication between different professionals must be strong, to allow staff and agencies to feel supported by each other, to understand what each does and to identify and address service gaps so that young people, instead of falling through these gaps, are effectively supported.

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