Mental health services for children and young people

Our Vision:

No child or young person will have a preventable mental health issue

If they do, they will not wait to get the effective help they need

For information about the services, help and support for mental health and wellbeing that is available to parents and young people please see

Five year transformation plan

Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Since 2015, NHS England has asked Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to develop local transformation plans for Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH).

We have developed a transformation plan which describes how East Berkshire CCG is working collaboratively with partners from across Health, Education, local authorities, the voluntary sector and children, young people and their families to design and provide the best possible services in East Berkshire.  We are investing resources to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing across the “whole system” including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).  Our priority areas are informed by the feedback we have received from children, parents and carers, professionals and partners.

Our Local Transformation Plan is reviewed, refreshed and republished annually on our website.

The October 2019 version of the East Berkshire Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing is available here, along with a Summary and Young Person Friendly Version

Due to Covid 19, our Local Transformation Plan is next due to be refreshed by April 2021 to include our restoration and recovery plan in response to the pandemic.

The October 2018 version of the East Berkshire Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing is available here, along with a summary


Prior to this, in early 2014, the CCGs in Berkshire undertook a review of the Berkshire CAMHS service.

Why is mental health of young people such a key priority?

The mental well-being of children and young people is important to us all. For young people themselves, good mental health means that they can get the best out of their life, including their education, their friendships and their family. For society, having young people with good mental well-being gives us a firm foundation on which communities can grow and thrive.

This means that the way we provide Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is really important. If we make these services as good as we can, then everyone benefits.

East Berks  Clinical Commissioning Group and the Health and Wellbeing Boards welcome the opportunity provided by the requirement to produce Local Transformation Plans to work together collaboratively to implement real improvements through the development of local plans for children and young people, living and developing in Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor.

Commissioned Services - CAMHS Transformation funding

Young Health Champions co-production network

To further develop our participation work with children and young people, NHS East Berkshire CCG has allocated funding to develop a Young Health Champions (YHC) programme, accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. The programme is a partnership approach between health, education, Local Authorities and the voluntary sector.

Phase 1 of the programme has already started in Slough and Bracknell Forest, and Phase 2 will see it extended to more secondary schools across these areas as well as coming to RBWM in 2020. The project aims to:

1. Deliver a young people’s led peer education emotional wellbeing programme

2. Form a co-production network to support peer engagement, communication and service design and commissioning.

Representatives of Youth Participation Groups across East Berkshire met on the 5th October 2019 to share their priorities for improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People (CYP).

East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group facilitated the day in partnership with Local Authorities and the Voluntary  Sector to hear from Young people from Slough and Bracknell Forest Young Health Champions, Slough Youth Parliament, the Girls Policy Forum, Kickback Children in Care Council and Young Ambassadors from the Royal Borough.

The day was a great opportunity to bring the groups together and have a conversation with policy and decision makers about how services really need to change to reflect the Mental Health and Wellbeing needs of Children and Young People in East Berkshire.

The comments from the session fed into the latest refresh of the CYP Mental Health and Wellbeing East Berkshire Local Transformation Plan (LTP) and the attendees were also given an opportunity to sign up for future co-production and commissioning opportunities.

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Need advice?

If you are concerned about the mental health of a young person and want to talk to someone about whether CAMHS can help, please contact the team at the (Children, Young People’s and Families)  CYPF Health Hub (BHFT)  on 0300 365 1234

Find out more

The local authorities of Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have produced a parents’ guide aimed at parents and carers of children and young people. These can be downloaded below.

Parents Guide

Mental health: lets talk the talk

Produced by Slough Borough Council

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Parents Guide

Mental health: lets talk the talk

Produced by The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Parents Guide

Mental health: lets talk the talk

Produced by Bracknell Forest Council

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