Children and Young People's Emotional and Mental Health

1 in 10 children between the age of 5-16 years old has a mental health problem and many continue to have problems into adulthood, and that half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14. Tackling mental health issues in early life and building on protective factors is, therefore, important to help children move on to positive and fulfilled lives

All children and young people deserve the best start in life and building strong emotional resilience is an important element in helping children and young people achieve and succeed. In North Yorkshire we have strong partnership arrangements which work to deliver the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families.

Agencies need to work together to ensure that all children and young people enjoy good mental health and emotional wellbeing, including those that are most vulnerable in society such as children looked after by the local authority and those with SEND needs. We will achieve this through an emphasis on prevention, early identification and intervention using evidence-based approaches that present good value for money. Where a mental health problem or disorder is identified children and young people will have access to timely, integrated, high quality and multidisciplinary mental health services that are accessible and responsive to individual need.

Useful Documents

Vale of York CCG Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Emotional and Mental Health 2015- 2020

Harrogate and Rural District CCG Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Emotional and Mental Health

Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Emotional and Mental Health 2016

North Yorkshire Pathway of Support for Children and Young People Who Deliberately Self-Harm

This pathway has been developed to assist anyone who works with children and young people if they have concerns that a child or young person is deliberately harming themselves.


Please see information below from Kooth regarding online training about this free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for young people aged 11-18 across North Yorkshire

Live forum topics

Teachers' information

Useful Websites

NYCC: Supporting children, young people and their families

Tees Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) Mental Health Trust provide North Yorkshire CAMHS covers – Hambelton, Richmondshire, Ryedale/Scarborough and Harrogate. They do accept self referals advice and urgent referrals and be accessed via there Single Point of Access (SPOA) 0300 0134778 Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm.

TEWV York CAMHS covers – Easingwold and Selby they also have a SPA Clinical advice can be accessed via: 01904 615345 but not open referral this may need to be supported by a professional.

Bradford District Care Trust (BDCT) CAMHS covers – Craven. They currently don’t accept self-referrals but professionals can discuss suitability of a referral by duty phone-in it is available each week day between 1.00 – 2.00 pm for consultation Tel 01535 661531. Urgent referrals where there is imminent risk of harm to self or others can be made by telephoning Hillbrook on 01535 66153