Spotlight
Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
The need for proportionality and the ‘Covid impact’
Simon Wilkinson, Parklane PlowdenThe Covid-19 pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Within the courts and tribunals service there has been a plethora of guidance since March 2020 which...
Local authority input into private law proceedings, part II
Mani Singh Basi, Barrister, 4 Paper BuildingsLucy Logan Green, Barrister, 4 Paper BuildingThis article considers the interplay between private and public law proceedings, focusing on the law relating...
Time for change (II)
Lisa Parkinson, Family mediation trainer, co-founder and a Vice-President of the Family Mediators AssociationThe family law community needs to respond to the urgent call for change from the...
How Can I Wed Thee? – Let Me Change the Ways: the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on ‘Weddings’ Law (2020)
Professor Chris Barton, A Vice-President of the Family Mediators Association, Academic Door Tenant, Regent Chambers, Stoke-on-TrentThis article considers the Paper's 91 Consultation Questions...
Consultation on the proposed transfer of the assessment of all civil legal aid bills of costs to the Legal Aid Agency
The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on the proposed transfer from Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service to the Legal Aid Agency of the assessment of all civil legal aid bills of...
View all articles
Authors

New guidance on how to better support children in care

Sep 29, 2018, 17:34 PM
Slug : NICE20102010
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Oct 19, 2010, 18:35 PM
Article ID : 91961

Social worker (Posed by model)Improved access to mental health services should be made available as standard practice for children and young people in care, according to new guidance from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

There are over 60,000 children and young people under the care of local authorities in England at any one time, with over half experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

While many children and young people have positive experiences in care, many do not and are unable to stay in the same place with the same carers, or attend the same school for extended periods of time.

The guidance aims to address this by calling for a whole systems approach from educational, health and social care organisations, professionals and carers to communicate and collaborate more effectively to improve standards of care across the country.

The guidelines state that flexible and accessible mental health services should be made available at the right time and by the right people with the capacity and expertise to work with children and young people with particular needs, and those that care for them.

Particular attention to access should be made for black and minority ethnic children and young people, unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people and for young people entering secure accommodation or custody.

Dennis Simpson, Chair of the committee that developed the guidance and previously a director of social services in inner London, cautioned: "Looked-after children should be regarded as a priority group by mental health services, but often there are delays which hinder access for this group."

Elsewhere, the guidance highlights the importance of providing practical support and encouragement before and during further higher education. The guidance also highlights the importance of high quality, accessible services and support for young people leaving care, and keeping accurate and up-to-date health information.

Amanda Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive of SCIE, added: "This guidance focuses on how local agencies can work together by, for example, ensuring that looked-after children and young people have good access to mental health services or that good, joint-agency support is provided to foster parents."

Download the guidance below, or click here to visit the NICE website for more information.

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Authors
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Related Articles
Load more comments
Comment by from