Children and young people's mental health

Message from Dr Nick Moore, CCG Executive Member, NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group

'Improving outcomes for our children and young people is a priority for us as we shape future services across Portsmouth. Crucial to our thinking is the early identification of those at risk of poor mental health illness and the need for services to be integrated around the young person's needs and their family's needs.  Young people and their families have been at the heart of our planning - and will clearly need to remain as our key stakeholders as the design and delivery of mental health provision continues to evolve.'

Message from Alison Jeffery, Director, Children, Families and Education, Portsmouth City Council

'Responding proportionately to the differing needs of children and young people in the city is crucial and I welcome the refreshed needs assessment compiled by the Future in Mind team with support from colleagues in Public Health. It is essential that we develop a deep understanding of the mental health needs of our most vulnerable children and young people, including children in alternative care, young offenders, and young people caught up in different forms of exploitation.  I know that partners across the city are keen to continue to work together to give all children and young people the best possible support which empowers them and develops their long term resilience.  Continued creative joint working is essential.'

Strategic Framework

We have identified 11 strategic areas for focus:


Securing strong early attachment in the first 1,001 days of life


Self help and early help


Improving wellbeing and resilience in education


Improve the neurodevelopmental offer and pathway


Improving the mental health of looked-after children and care leavers


Improving support for specific groups of vulnerable children and young people


CAMHS service improvements


Suicide prevention strategy


Workforce development


Improving our local knowledge and performance management


Making emotional wellbeing everybody's business - including communications


Next Steps and How to get Involved 

We will continue to work on our plans over the next 12 months in conjunction with children, young people, parents and carers.

If you are a young person or a parent/carer and would like to be involved in our co-production activities or you would like to share your views on how you feel support could be provided and how you would like to access it, please contact:

Stuart McDowell at:

Downloads available on this page

  • Social, emotional mental health strategy 2018-2021 (October 2019 update)
  • Social, emotional mental health strategy 2018-2021 (Summary)
  • Future in Mind Co-Production Pledge
  • A Strategy for Improving Wellbeing and Resilience in Education (2017-2019).

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