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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Children’s and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

The programme of work around children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing comprises a programme of education, training and implementation support for the wider children and families workforce in Scotland.

It focuses on evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention, early intervention and treatment approaches that have been designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, build strong parent-child relationships, and support the promotion of resilience among children, young people and families.

This work spans the perinatal period, through infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.

The Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Scottish Workforce links to all the above listed areas, and provides a common language and shared understanding of the mental health and wellbeing needs of children across the whole CYP Scottish workforce.

Key themes

  • Infant, child, adolescent and family development, including neurodiversity
  • Engaging with children, young people and families
  • Assessment, formulation and diagnosis of difficulties including neurodevelopmental diversity
  • Evidence based interventions aimed at strengthening attachment, parenting and family relationship
  • Trauma informed

Areas of delivery

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Last updated: 05/10/2020

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