Achieving for Children

Emotional Health Service

The Emotional Health Service is a multi-disciplinary team of clinical specialists and mental health clinicians (clinical and counselling psychologists, systemic psychotherapists and art psychotherapists) who provide mental health support to children and young people in Kingston and Richmond.

Some of the team work in different areas of specialist expertise such as ASD and ADHD, children and young people with disabilities, looked after children and young offenders. The service provides evidence-based psychological and therapeutic interventions in line with the children’s and young people’s improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) principles promoted by the Department of Health.

What we can offer

Statutory duties

The service will work with any child meeting thresholds for support and referred through the Single Point of Access. Referrals will be accepted when the problem is having a significant impact on the child’s general functioning and despite interventions from universal services is causing noticeable difficulties at home and at school. They may include:

  • anxiety, panic or phobias causing significant distress
  • persistent psychosomatic complaints such as stomach aches or headaches where physical causes have been ruled out
  • persistent low mood and superficial self-harm (superficial cutting, threats to harm self)
  • eating problems (that may lead if untreated, to an eating disorder)
  • relationship or attachment difficulties leading to significant impairment of function and wellbeing (moderate impact on age appropriate behaviour – such as not wanting to go out of the home or finding it difficult to go to school)
  • difficulties in coping with everyday life after experiencing a trauma or significant life challenge
  • mild obsessional compulsive behaviours

Interventions can be considered if, following diagnosis of ADHD or ASD and attendance at a specialist parent group, significant behavioural or emotional wellbeing concerns persist.

Premium offer

In response to your feedback we have reshaped our service for this year in order to better understand needs and priorities within schools requiring additional support over and above statutory provision. Before the beginning of the year, we can schedule an initial meeting with the headteacher, deputy headteacher, head of year or SENCo lead where we will work together to identify your priority areas or specific challenges and agree a level of support that is right for your school.

Our support can take the form of:

  • regular consultation slots each term: consultations can focus on individual challenging or vulnerable pupils or specific groups of pupils identified in need of help. Outcomes will be briefly summarised and fed back in writing so that there is a clear record of the discussions. We can also offer brief one-to-one support for individual pupils, but generally recommend that children or young people in need of more than three sessions are referred via the SPA to either the Emotional Health Service (EHS) or specialist CAMHS, depending on need and risk(s)
  • psychological group work: we can offer group programmes, including art psychotherapy group work, where there is a common identified need across a group of pupils. Ideally, these sessions are delivered jointly with a member of school staff to allow the colleague from the school to potentially deliver a similar programme for a second or third time by themselves or with another colleague from school rather than requiring continued support from the Emotional Health Service
  • support or training for parents: we can provide input and support for parent evenings, advising parents on how to effectively respond to behavioural challenges of teenagers or how to identify the onset of more severe psychological and behavioural problems that may require professional assessment and help
  • training for staff or pupils: we can provide training programmes for common problems such as a range of anxiety problems, low mood, peer group problems such as bullying, eating problems or disorders, but also for problems related to exam stressors and how to best deal with these. All of our training programmes will include advice on resilience factors and the importance of developing communication skills and a positive and integrative school culture. We can also provide training to staff and parents on identifying self-harm and can work with children and their parents on how to overcome it


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