The Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner Team is a new service offer for 2022. The Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) are hosted by the Public Health School Nursing Service, however there is a new referral pathway to access support.
The Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) training programme was driven by Health Education England as a response to ensure that children, young people and their parents/carers have access to evidence based preventative and early intervention support for common emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties. The aim of the HCT Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners is to ensure that children and young people can easily access evidence-based support, early in the development of the problem through workshops, groups and 1-1 interventions.
Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners are trained to deliver manualised guided self-help interventions for anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties.
There are four manualised guided self-help interventions available:
Please note, as highlighted above, child interventions for children aged 5-11 are completed with the parent(s)/carer(s) according to the manual and evidence base for those interventions.
Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners are unable to work with children/young people who are currently actively self-harming or who are currently actively suicidal (having thoughts with intent and/or a plan). Please see the “making a referral” section below for more information on the criteria.
The Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners also deliver several emotional wellbeing workshops throughout the year targeted at parents/carers and young people. These workshops are currently being delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams and a referral into the service is not required to access workshops.
The following workshops are either currently available or will be available later in the year:
You can book a place onto a workshop via Eventbrite.
It has been noted that a significant number of children and young people are struggling to attend school or avoiding attending school due to emotional factors like anxiety. The Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners have recorded a webinar focused on school based anxiety which includes: anxiety psychoeducation and strategies and tips to support children who are currently struggling with attending school due to anxiety.
The webinar is split into Part 1 (Theory and Psychoeducation) and Part 2 (Strategies and Tips). There are handouts which can be used alongside this webinar. We would also advise you have some paper to hand whilst working through this webinar.
Take your time and watch the webinar as many times as needed. Feel free to pause when needed and at the times indicated.
Please make use of the following handouts:
This service is available to children/young people aged 5-19 with a GP in Hertfordshire or who attends a school in Hertfordshire. This includes children attending private, independent and special provision schools as well as children and young people who are being home schooled or currently out of education. Referrals are accepted from professionals, parents and adolescents. Referrals need to meet the service criteria to be accepted.
In cases of emergencies or when urgent support is needed
We are not an emergency service and cannot hold high levels of risk therefore if you need urgent help, there are concerns around self-harm or suicidal ideation please contact Single Point of Access (SPA) on: 0800 6444 101 or NHS 111
If the child/young person is seriously unwell or injured, dial 999 for the emergency services or go to your nearest A&E department.
Operating hours: The service operates Monday to Friday, 9am and 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
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