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:
Worrying behaviours/emotional states in primary school age children?
Worrying Behaviours in Adolescents:
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: StaffordshireEWB@actionforchildren.org.uk. The website link for referrals is: https://www.staffordshire-ewb.actionforchildren.org.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Don’t forget that you can also signpost to charities: