Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People 5 Key Updates – April 2020

For information, advice and signposting on emotional health and wellbeing services please go to www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk

Temporary arrangements for the Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS) during COVID-19

The Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS) wants to reassure children, young people, families, partners and staff, that they are continuing to offer as much support and services as they can during this difficult time. An update on the temporary arrangements in place for the Open Minds Partnership (the new name for CAMHS) is now live on the Calderdale CCG website.

How to refer to Calderdale Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS)

The Open Minds Partnership, First Point of Contact referral flowchart is designed to give potential referrers guidance on referring to CAMHS. It provides an overview of how to make a referral, and what the possible outcomes of a referral might be. If you are unsure whether to make a referral or need some advice regarding supporting the mental health of a child or young person please telephone the First Point of Contact on 01422 300001.


Taking time out with Time Out!

Healthy Minds’ Time Out project is encouraging children and young people of all ages to check out the website www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk for daily activities and tips to stay well through these unprecedented times. Instead of linking to a raft of resources, they’re highlighting one idea a day and encouraging young people to get involved and post photos or feedback relating to that activity.

In addition they’re running regular blogs written by young people, who share their highs and lows and how they’ve been finding life without school. Time Out would love to hear from as many young people as possible, so please let your children and young people know about the opportunity and ask them to check out the website. Blogs can be named or anonymous, and anything up to around 500 words in length. For more information, please contact timeout@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk


Noah’s Ark Centre’s Parent/Carer/School Support Package – Summer Term 2020

Noah’s Ark Centre would like to utilise their skilled professional staff team in supporting parents/carers and school staff during these uncertain and emotionally confusing times and they are offering two new services to support parents/carers and school professionals.

  • Phone support available for parents/carers and for staff working in schools Monday – Friday between 10am and 4pm – starting Monday 27th April 2020

Parents/carers and schools’ staff will be able to request a call back from a member of the Noah’s Ark Centre staff team by sending their details to one of the email addresses below and requesting a call back. The aim of this phone support is so that parents/carers and school staff can offload their worries and concerns and talk about their relationships with and support of their children and young people.

Primary schools email: pri.sch.cal.support@noahsarkcentre.org.uk

Secondary schools email: sec.sch.cal.support@noahsarkcentre.org.uk

  • Responsive CPD online for school professionals – Discussions: Loss, Change, Uncertainty, Growth

School professionals interested in undertaking some CPD over the coming weeks may wish to take part in this CPD process. Noah’s Ark Centre is asking staff to think about Loss, Change, Uncertainty and Growth. Staff can formulate an open question/s for discussion and email these to cpd@noahsarkcentre.org.uk.

Noah’s Ark Centre staff will look at these questions and will be recording at least one (possibly more) facilitated Zoom discussion/s around your questions towards the end of each week. These recorded discussions will be posted on http://www.noahsarkcentre.org.uk/training-workshops.html (which will also be linked into the schools and professionals section of the Open Minds Calderdale website).


C&K Chat

Chat is a new service launched by C&K Careers. The Chat service offers support and advice for young people in Calderdale and Kirklees, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Thursday 9am-8pm. Young people can chat to advisors about a range of things, like: college or sixth form, exams, future options, apprenticeships, applications, CVs and interviews, employments skills, work and volunteering, health, finances, housing family worries and more. Find out more here.


Positive Identities Service – Barnardo’s

Positive Identities Service are still accepting referrals for 1:1 work with children and young people up to the age of 21 and for Identity Youth group up to age 19. The team have had to think of creative ways to engage service users remotely to ensure they are receiving continuity of service and care:-

  • 1:1 work is taking place via video or telephone calls.
  • Identity Youth Group has been taking place virtually on a weekly basis.
  • Service users also have access to other virtual groups organised by sister projects.

Positive Identities has also been designing virtual LGBTQ workshops for junior schools which have already accessed training, and making plans to deliver newly designed workshops that link with KS2 National Curriculum PSHE expectations and compliment the RSE guidelines (schools will be contacted separately about these). For enquiries/referrals please phone 01422 371993 or email positive.identities@barnardos.org.uk

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