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Mental Health Services and Schools Link Pilots: Evaluation report

The pilot programme was developed in response to the 2015 report of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce, Future in Mind, which outlined a number of recommendations to improve access to mental health support for children and young people.

An evaluation report has been published of the pilot. The evaluation found that the pilots had considerable success in strengthening communication and joint working arrangements between schools and NHS CYPMHS.

This was often the case even where relationships were said to have been weak at the start of the pilot programme, although the extent of change varied between pilot areas. At a programme level, the evaluation found quantifiable improvements to the following self-reported outcome measures, between a baseline and follow-up at +10 months:

• frequency of contact between pilot schools and NHS CYPMHS

• satisfaction with communication and working relationships between pilot schools and NHS CYPMHS

• understanding of the referral routes to specialist mental health support for children and young people in their local area among school lead contacts

• knowledge and awareness of mental health issues affecting children and young people, among school lead contacts

See the full report here.