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Clinical Commissioning Group Update – Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Children and Young People

Date: Monday, 12th Oct 2020 | Category: Newsletter October 2020

Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, while others will have really struggled – with the Coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. Others may be coming to terms with family problems, loss or changes to their living situation.

As restrictions lift in some places, they might also face difficulties in being back at school or college, or have worries about getting or passing on the virus. It’s also still uncertain what further changes we all may face.  Feelings like these will gradually ease for most, but there are always steps you can take to support them emotionally and help them cope with problems they face.

Around 20% of children may have either a behavioural or emotional problem at some time whilst growing up.

Spotting the signs

Worrying behaviours or emotional states in children under five:

  • Severe temper tantrums
  • Persistent aggressive behaviour
  • Persistent sexualised behaviour
  • Persistent habit problems e.g. toileting
  • Failure to develop routines e.g. sleep and feeding
  • Marked anxiety, including separation anxiety
  • Significantly withdrawn behaviour
  • A child at risk of accident due to hyperactivity
  • A persistently irritable/unhappy child
    A child who shows little interest in social interaction

Worrying behaviours/emotional states in primary school age children?

  • Marked anxiety leading to school refusal
  • Persistent aggression which may lead to school exclusion
  • Marked withdrawal or not willing to speak
  • Persistent difficulties getting on with other children
  • Significant over-activity
  • Persistent difficulties getting on with other children
  • Preferring to play alone
  • Persistent tearfulness
  • Night time bedwetting when previously dry at night

Worrying Behaviours in Adolescents:

  • Mood disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Withdrawn behaviour or social isolation
  • Reduced appetite or unusual eating behaviours
  • Reduced school performance and attendance
  • Severe aggression or getting into trouble with authority
  • Exclusion from school repeatedly or repeated truancy
  • Poor concentration and attention
  • Self-harm
  • Substance misuse

Are you concerned about a Child’s Emotional Wellbeing? 

Outcomes for children are always better if the right service is accessed at the right time. For high level concerns an urgent referral to Child and Adolescence Mental Health services (CAMHS) should always be made.

Some areas do have access to other services i.e. Mental Health Support Teams in schools, and other services commissioned directly by schools.

How to make a referral?

South Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s

For higher level concerns refer to CAMHS.

For lower level concerns referral to Action for Children

Action for children

Referrals can be made by clinicians, parents/carers, or children themselves by telephone between 11 am and 3 pm on 07811023194 or by email: The website link for referrals is:

Chat health: For young people living in Staffordshire, text 07520 615721

For parents: Staffordshire

Chat Health:                Staffordshire 07520 615722

The East Hub:             0300 303 3924 (Covering East Staffs, Cannock, Rugeley, Lichfield and Tamworth)

West Hub:                   0300 303 3923 (Covering Moorlands, Newcastle, Seisdon, Stafford and Stone)

North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG’s

For Higher level concerns refer urgently to CAMHS

For lower level concerns:- self-referral can be made to ‘changes’ for those aged 8-18 years

by email at or telephone on 01782 413355

For parents: Stoke-on-Trent

Chat Health:                07520 615723

The Hub 0-5 years:     0300 303 3298

The Hub 5-19 years:   0300 124 0362

Website link:

Don’t forget that you can also signpost to charities: