Child and Young Peoples Mental Health, Cheshire East

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Summary of report content

The project is an initiative by Healthwatch Cheshire East, in light of the national and local transformations to children and young people (CYP)’s mental health services. It explores CYP’s knowledge and understanding of mental health and sought to answer questions on how children understand mental health. The project was undertaken in 7 schools in Cheshire East that included 3 primary schools and 4 high schools. The project included all services provided by: NHS East Cheshire CCG, CAMHS, NHS South Chehire CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG. Conclusion: The research project’s aims were to explore children and young people’s understanding of mental health and how they access support. The results show that CYP have some understanding of mental health. Although some children used words that were derogatory when asked about what mental health meant to them. However, their understanding is mostly of mental ill health and did not include positive mental health. This research also found that the CYP accessed support mostly through their schools. Additionally, any sources of support outside of the school were mainly Child line, with some children having memorised the number. Numerous recommendations were made as a result of this report. No response from a provider is included in this report.

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General details

Report title 
Child and Young Peoples Mental Health, Cheshire East
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Cheshire East
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Digitalisation of services
Holistic support
Information providing
Staff training
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
Visit to provider

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Social care services 
Children services

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people under the age of 18
Sexual orientation 
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.