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Future in Mind: Our vision for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

The government has asked us to work out what needs to be done to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Growing up is meant to be one of the very best times in anyone’s life but it can also be tough. There are many pressures and some young people, such as children in care and those leaving care, are exposed to situations and experiences that can make them particularly vulnerable.

Experiencing mental health concerns is not unusual. At least one in four of the population experience problems at some point in their lives. Over half of the mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 14 and seventy-five per cent by age 18.

Although mental health issues are relatively common, it is often the case that children and young people don’t get the help they need as quickly as they should. As a result, mental health difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct disorders and eating disorders can stop some young people achieving what they want in life and making a full contribution to society.

We have been working very closely with children, young people, families and providers of services across Derbyshire County and Derby City to plan how children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing could best be supported to give them the best start in life.

We pledge to be clear about how resources are being used, ensuring we work in partnership with young people, children, their families and providers to make good investment decisions. 

Find out more

You can find out more in the related documents below: 

Children and Young People’s Transformation Plan Refresh – September 2021

The Joined Up Care Derbyshire Board has approved the Derbyshire Integrated Care System Children and Young People’s Transformation Plan Refresh September 2021.

The strategy aims to support and enable children living in Derby and Derbyshire to achieve and maintain positive mental health by supporting children and families via a graduated approach from early intervention to crisis care. 

Neuro Development Pathway – Southern Derbyshire

Referrals onto the neurodevelopmental pathway are assessed by a multi-agency team as part of the Children’s Services Single Point of Access (SPOA).  You will find additional resources on Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website, including:

  • Neurodevelopment Pathway
  • The Journey Plan
  • Glossary


Referrals are accepted from health, social care, educational or third sector professionals. These referrals are for children and young people whose GPs are in Southern Derbyshire.

To make a referral, please download and complete from Derbyshire Healthcare website, supplying as much information as possible so that that the assessment is carried out by the most appropriate professional(s). Referrals will not be processed without the completed questionnaires.

Returning the completed forms

The completed forms can be submitted by:

Post: Single Point of Access, Temple House, Mill Hill Lane, Derby DE23 6SA
Fax: 01332 293 316

If you need to discuss a new or existing referral, the SPOA Administrator can be contacted on 0300 7900 264. 

Neuro Development Pathway – North Derbyshire

In the North of the county referrals Referrals can only be made by letter by Health professionals, such as GPs, addressed to:

Paediatrics Department , The Den, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow S44 5BL.

Referrals are only for children whose GPs are in North Derbyshire. However, Health professionals can refer from out of this area as long as the child lives in North Derbyshire.

For enquiries, call the Department on 01246 514 549. 

Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health & Wellbeing Website

This is a signposting site offering a range of information from different organisations to help support health and wellbeing. The website provides a one-stop-shop where you can find local information about available emotional health and wellbeing support and how to access it, there is a dedicated section for children and young people:


Kooth is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics.  

To sign up, please visit

Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire

Build Sound Minds Derby and Derbyshire is a new service which provides specialist support for children and young people aged 0-17 who are likely to present emotional and mental difficulties but do not meet the thresholds for more specialist services.

Through early intervention they are able to build resilience and reduce the development of more serious emotional and mental health issues, better preparing children and young people for the challenges of life.

Visit their website to see how to make a referral

Mental Health Support Line 

A new mental health support line run by the NHS and operating 24 hours, seven days a week has been set up to provide access to support for people of all ages in Derby and Derbyshire. 

The line is run by experienced mental health professionals who are equipped to provide mental health support and advice, support for people experiencing immediate distress or to their families or carers & a professional point of contact for health and social care partners to support any individuals in mental distress.

Please call 0800 028 0077 for free; mental health professionals will be on hand to help.

Learning Disability Health checks

Did you know that if you are over 14 years old and have a diagnosed Learning Disability you are entitled to an annual health check with your GP?

To find out more information including how to access this health check and what happens, visit the Mencap website.

Last Updated: Thursday 21st July 2022 - 2:39:pm

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