Emotional health plays a central role in children’s mental, psychological and cognitive development as well as their general health. Good emotional and mental health is important in helping to strengthen the child’s capacity for relationships, improve educational attainment, promote social inclusion, expand opportunities and improve general health and wellbeing. Conversely, emotional and mental ill health is a serious problem among children and adolescents and if left untreated during these years there is evidence that it can become an enduring life-long conditions with associated life limiting effects and high costs to society. 1
The Council has developed a Children & Young People’s Emotional Health & Wellbeing (EHWB) Commissioning and Delivery Strategy 2014 - 2017. The purpose of the Strategy is to help improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people (aged < 18) living in Bath & North East Somerset. It focuses on EHWB support services commissioned by the Local Authority and NHS B&NES CCG but also considers services provided in educational settings and by the voluntary sector. The strategy co-ordinates the planning and commissioning of services to ensure that resources in all partner agencies are used in the most effective way to improve children and young people’s emotional health.
For the results of the Child Health and Wellbeing Survey see Child Health and Wellbeing Survey section.
Emotional health and wellbeing for Children and Young People is closely linked to a variety of other topics and the links below highlight the relevant information within these topics;
Information about organisations and events in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire that support families on a range of issues such as childcare, parenting, benefits and school, can be found on theBathnes 1 Big Database.
- 1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing of children and youg people - A guide for Bexley practitioners