We are excited to launch a free new resource that provides information, considerations and practical suggestions for clinicians working in Children and Young People’s mental health and emotional wellbeing settings. This guide was jointly developed with Hertfordshire Partnership (HPFT), who are leading the way with equality and diversity work in their partnership.
All services should be accessible and acceptable to all young people that need them. This is why improving accessibility of services is one of the core principles of the CYP IAPT programme. This principle extends beyond opening hours and the provision of self referral and includes working to identify and remove barriers that may prevent children and young people accessing and engaging with services equally.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are not topics that clinicians may consider in their work, but both may be a contributory factor in a young person’s mental health and wellbeing. LGBT+ young people have said that they would like to approach mental health services for support but many of those that did found mental health services ‘unhelpful’ due to limited knowledge and understanding of LGBT+ issues or focus on symptoms rather than cause of distress.
“Clinicians are well placed to help young people, but often may be missing a vital part of the picture. This guide was developed to help clinicians enable young people to talk more openly about these topics, through creating friendly and inclusive environments, use of monitoring forms and having sensitive conversations.”
This first version of the guide covers three main topic areas:
- Inclusive environments
- Use of monitoring forms
- Having sensitive conversations
It was developed through consultation with various groups and individuals, and tailors information from various exsiting guidance documents to mental health and emotional wellbeing settings.
We will be updating future versions of the guide according to feedback. If you would like to let us know your thoughts, please get in touch