The Assembly debate that took place around the CYPE Committee’s report, Mind Over Matter, called for a step change in emotional and mental health support for children and young people. Further to the debate, there has been a real focus on the development of the Whole School Approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing, centred on how we can accelerate our work to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Wales.
To continue addressing recommendations raised in Mind Over Matter and ensure a whole system approach, an event was held to bring together the different partners with an interest in this area.
The purpose of the day was to:
- Agree a shared values-based definition and collective vision of what ‘Early Help and Enhanced Support’ means;
- Agree what the offer should look like in order to deliver better outcomes for children; and
- Identify existing services and projects in Wales and through this process to identify where there are gaps.
This event forms part of a series of discussions that began with the publication of Mind Over Matter, and there will be other opportunities to get involved with the whole school and whole system approach as a detailed programme of activity develops.
This event exemplifies co-production in this area of work and is part of a concerted effort to establish a wider, whole-system approach to multi-disciplinary working across health, education, social care and the third sector.
Professionals from a range of organisations and sectors were brought together as part of discussions to develop a whole system approach to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Wales.
During the day, engagement and interactivity were key as people in the room shared their priorities, values and vision and discussed the 'Missing Middle', changes and take home messages. The answers to the interactive questions are shown in graphs, word clouds (where the bigger words are the most common responses) and in the feedback itself.
Some of the key values are shared below in the word cloud, with more responses available here (morning questions) and here (afternoon questions).
Where possible, presentations from speakers and workshops are available below.
National Youth Stakeholder Group
Thomas Evans, National Youth Stakeholder Group member
Making compassion sustainable: A whole systems approach to children’s well-being
Dr Lynn McDonnell & Dr Helen Kirkaldie - Aneurin Bevan UHB