Children & Young People - Emotionally Healthy Schools Project

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bolton undertook research on young people’s mental health and emotionally healthy schools after the public voted it as one of the top 3 issues that they should work on in 2019/20.  They undertook 3 professionals’ briefing and engagement sessions in March 2020. They also undertook a survey of professionals.  230 people took part in the research.

There was a lack of knowledge of what support is available, not knowing where to get local information. People appeared to know the larger more well known support organisations more than smaller ones. There was a reliance of using information by word of mouth. Some felt that funding cuts and increased workloads were impacting on the support they felt able to offer young people, and there was pressure from both from services and parents.

The training that was on offer did not seem to be lined up to needs and many feel uninformed leading to repeated use of the same services and worrying about overloading such services. Support and training were seen as what needs to change to improve children and young people’s low level mental health services. A single point of information was also regarded as being beneficial.

There were two recommendations about training and the need for a single point of access for information and support for young people.

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General details

Report title 
Children & Young People - Emotionally Healthy Schools Project
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bolton
Date of publication 
Monday, 5 October, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Sunday, 1 March, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 23 March, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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? 
Not known

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.