About the needs assessment

The Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Needs Assessment reports on the mental health and wellbeing needs for children and young people in South Gloucestershire.

It brings together data and evidence with the experiences and views of children and young people, parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

This helps us to develop plans and a strategy for the future.

What it means

The needs assessment will help the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families by:

  • giving us a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and other factors that can increase the risk of mental health problems and how we can reduce them
  • reporting on the things that can impact on a child or young person’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and thinking about strategies to help
  • finding gaps in current prevention programmes and support services
  • thinking about their current and future needs and making recommendations to meet them
  • making sure that inequalities of children, young people and their families are considered
Read the 2021 needs assessment

The previous needs assessment was published in 2016 and helped develop the 2016-21 strategy.

Understanding your child’s self-harm

Levels of self-harm have increased nationally over the past few years. It can be difficult to know what to do when you find out that your child is harming themselves.

This guide aims to provide some understanding around self-harm, how to support your child and how to look after your own wellbeing. There are also links to further support and resources around self-harm.

Understanding your child’s self-harm

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