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Transforming mental health services for children who have been abused (MAN)

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Join the NSPCC for an interactive workshop where we examine how best to support the mental health needs of children who have been abused and neglected.

Following the publication of the 2016-17 analysis of the refreshed Local Transformation Plans, the NSPCC is convening an interactive workshop for Clinical Commissioning Groups to take stock of the national picture of mental health support, and consider where the areas of opportunity are, drawing on current trauma research and examples of regional best practice.

The workshop will give delegates the opportunity to hear directly from experts from the fields of health and social care, as well as academics and frontline workers. The emphasis will be on knowledge sharing so that together we can draw a blueprint of how to help children get back on track after abuse.

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Professor Doug Simkiss - Honorary Associate Clinical Professor in Child Health, University of Warwick and Deputy Medical Director of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Understanding the impact of abuse on child development and mental health

Val Quigley and Paul Poynton – Children’s Services Practitioners, NSPCC
Supporting children with complex mental health needs: the view from the frontline

Joe Traynor – Deputy Head of Crime Statistics & Analysis, Office for National Statistics
Abuse throughout the lifecycle: the correlation between early experience of abuse and abusive relationships in later life

Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, Department of Applied Health Research, University College London
What makes a good Local Transformation Plan? Sharing insights from best practice plans.

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In 2015, the Government’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force published Future in Mind – a landmark report setting out a new vision for children and young people’s mental health in England.

The Government subsequently committed to spend £1.4 billion over five years to improve children’s mental health services, with £105 million of this given to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for 2015-16 to take forward the vision of Future in Mind at a local level. Each CCG was then asked to produce an annual ‘Local Transformation Plan’ setting out how they would improve children’s mental health in their area over the next twelve months.

In June 2016, the NSPCC published an analysis of the first round of plans, examining the extent to which they recognise the role of abuse and neglect as a primary risk factor for mental health needs; how this informs their service design and delivery; and whether additional services targeted to support children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect have been established.

One year on, the NSPCC repeated this analysis, finding that while there has been some progress over the past twelve months, the unique needs of children who have been abused and/or neglected continue to be overlooked:

  • 79 per cent of refreshed plans recognise that mental health issues can be attributed to abuse or neglect in childhood, representing an improvement on last year’s results (67 per cent);
  • 16 per cent of the refreshed plans reference an adequate needs analysis for children and young people who have been abused and neglected, in line with last year’s results;
  • 29 per cent of refreshed plans do not mention services for children and young people who have been abused and neglected, representing a marginal improvement on last year’s results (34 per cent);
  • 86 per cent of refreshed plans mention services for looked-after children, consistent with last year’s results (85 per cent); but not all of these include references to children and young people who have been abused and neglected;
  • Plans continue to lack clarity over whether extra resources are being allocated to services for children who have been abused and neglected; and
  • 93 per cent of refreshed plans involved young people in service design.

Within this context of continuous review and recalibration of plans, there is considerable scope to ensure that the needs of children who have experienced abuse and neglect are fully considered and services provided accordingly. This is why the NSPCC is committed to working with CCGs to ensure that the needs of these vulnerable children are fully recognised and addressed in service provision.







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