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Children and young people - future in mind
By 2020 Bradford will be the youngest city in Europe, 50% of our population will be under the age of 25. The majority of adult mental health disorders begin in childhood (excluding dementia), so it is important that we ensure that we can prevent and protect our young people against mental health difficulties.
Bradford also has some risk factors which increase the likelihood of poor mental health and wellbeing, in particular the high number of children living in poverty and disadvantaged circumstances. One in 10 children in the Bradford City area, need support for mental health issues.
Our local transformation plan for children and young people’s mental health in Bradford district and Craven outlines our vision for 2015 – 2020:
To achieve this, we will improve access to, and the quality of, services and outcomes for children and young people in Bradford and district.
Priority areas that we will focus on include:
- developing a community-based eating disorder service to support children and young people with an eating disorder in the home, without travelling out of area for treatment.
- establishing a role of mental health lead in half of all secondary schools by 2017.
- ensuring children and young people at a time of crisis have their needs assessed by the First Response service.
- providing therapeutic care to vulnerable young people, specifically looked after children, by making sure they receive an assessment from a mental health worker.
- developing a children and young people’s single point of access hub to build resilience, early intervention and prevention.
- designing a one stop shop or drop-in facility for hard to reach young people.
The transformation plan was informed by a number of stakeholders including children, young people and their families. Engagement with the public is an important part of our work. By working with us you can help shape the way your local NHS works. Find out more about how you can get involved here.
A version of the transformation plan has been written by young people for young people. This version of the transformation plan can be found here.