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Young Healthy Minds

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Welcome to the Young Healthy Minds website. Whether you are a child, young person, parent/carer or practitioner, we hope you will find all the information you require but if there are any further queries please call 01233 224242 or e-mail yhmadmin@cxk.org and we shall endeavour to help you.

Overview of the service

Young Healthy Minds is a newly commissioned early intervention service, commissioned by Kent County Council to deliver emotional well being support to children and young people aged 4-18. It has now been operating since September 2012 across Kent.

The service is being delivered by a consortium of organisations including KCFN, Family Action, CXK (formerly Connexions), Stepahead Support and Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU).

In addition to direct support to children and young people, advice and guidance is also provided to parents and families within the Team around the Family context and to schools, settings and key workers who will be providing ongoing support to the child or young person.

Eligibility Criteria

Young Healthy Minds is for children and young people presenting issues which may include, but are not limited to:

• Anxiety/phobias

• Low mood

• Behavioural difficulties as a result of emotional needs

• Low self –esteem

• Poor self image

• Relationship/ social interaction issues

• Loss/ attachment/ bereavement issues

Key triggers for these issues may include, but are not limited to:

• Bullying

• Death or critical illness in family

• Domestic abuse (direct or witness)

• Family break up/ dysfunction

• Sibling conflict

• Poor home environment

• Parenting capacity

• Learning difficulties/ additional needs

• Transitions

Access to the service

Access to the service is predominantly through the Common Assessment Framework process. Young Healthy Minds considers referrals through this process across the whole of Kent.

You can find out how to initiate a CAF by accessing the Kent website [here].

Parents, children and young people can find more information about the CAF process [here].

Parents, if you would like to know more about how to support your child, please visit our Parents’ link. (please note this section is under development)

Delivery of the service

Young Healthy Minds is a confidential service, delivered through 1:1 counselling and therapeutic support or group therapeutic support. The counselling is delivered by Young Healthy Minds Workers with a minimum qualification of BACP accredited level 4 diploma in counselling. Therapeutic support is provided by them or Young Healthy Minds support workers who have professional backgrounds in teaching, health care, youth work, early years and have a broad range of experience.

All our workers have enhanced CRB checks and have received recent safeguarding and child protection training, assessment skills and CAF training and receive appropriate supervision according to their position. In addition to this workforce, we are working with CCCU to provide a platform for 2nd and 3rd year students on appropriate courses to support the Young Healthy Minds work through supervised volunteer placements, supporting individual and group work and the assessment process.

Delivery takes place in a venue which is accessible and welcoming to the child or young person which may include their school, children’s centre, youth centre etc. The workers are predominantly aligned to one of 12 districts across Kent but there is some flexibility cross-service to meet higher demands or particular support needs. In addition to the core service, Young Healthy Minds is able to spot purchase specific support e.g art or play therapy as required.

If you are a provider of a therapeutic service and would like to be added to our supplier database for this purpose, please contact us.

Further assessments related in particular to emotional well being are undertaken at the first session and revisited at the review and last session to monitor progress. Consent is sought at the beginning of the process and where there is any need to share information with other parties.

For general enquiries about Young Healthy Minds, please contact us by phone on 01233 224242 or e-mail: yhmadmin@cxk.org

  • More information for Families can be found [here].
  • More information for Practitioners can be found [here].

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