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Children and Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

The emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people is everyone’s business and we all have a part to play.  One in ten children needs support or treatment for mental health problems.  At least a quarter of people experience mental health problems at some point in their lives and over half of all mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by age 14, and seventy five percent by age 18.

Wirral partners in the Future in Mind Steering Group have written an open letter to the young people on Wirral regarding their emotional health and wellbeing.  This can be viewed by clicking here.

Each year we create and publish a Local Transformation Plan which summarises services and sets out the key priorities for the forthcoming year.  It includes information on:

  • Engagement and Communication.
  • Promoting Resilience, Prevention and Early Intervention – including Perinatal, Parenting and Sleep.
  • Access to Effective Services.
  • Care for the Most Vulnerable – including Learning Disabilities.
  • Accountability and Transparency.
  • Developing the workforce.

The most recent Local transformation Plan for 2018-19/20 can be accessed by clicking here.

Since the publication in 2015 of the government’s Future in Mind policy, Wirral has made significant additional investment in children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.  One of the developments has been the creation of a Primary Mental Health Team.  This team delivers training to parents, teachers and other professionals and supports the development of “whole school and family approaches” to emotional health and wellbeing.

The Primary Mental Health Team also provides a telephone advice line which can be used by anyone (young people, parents, carers, or professionals) who has a concern about the mental health of a young person in Wirral:


Advice Line -

9am-10pm Monday to Friday

12-8pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays

0151 488 8453


Online resources are also available from the MyMind website which can be accessed here:

In addition, Wirral’s Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  It gathers together health, education and social care information all in one place and can be viewed here:

The  CAMHS and Early Help Resource-and-Information-Pack  details the Early Help services available to children, young people and their families.  It includes courses and activities including Children’s Centres, Play Centres and Youth Hubs, and details the help and support available including the Youth Support Service, the Response Service, the Family Intervention Services, Restorative Practice, the Open Door Centre and other early help provision.

We have also produced a set of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) for the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.  These contain a wealth of information relating to the prevalence of mental health problems and the local needs of young people in Wirral.  For these and for other information click here:

 Three times a year we publish a newsletter relating to the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people on Wirral.  The latest editions can be found here: