Children & Young People

Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Transformation Plan for Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing 2015-2020

This document sets out how we plan to transform mental health services for children and young people in line with the requirements set out in the NHS England document ‘Future in Mind’  (

The plan includes 6 programmes of transformation:

  • Development of integrated 0-25 years Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (to replace existing child and adolescent mental health services)
  • Improved neurodevelopmental assessment pathways
  • Training and development programme for workers in universal services to improve their knowledge and skills around emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Development of specialist eating disorder service for children and young people
  • Development of all-age psychiatric liaison service
  • Improved mental health support for pregnant women, new mothers and their families

A summary of the six programmes of transformation can be found here

The full transformation plan document can be found here

Shropshire Children’s Trust

Shropshire Children’s Trust is a partnership of agencies and representatives of young people and parents. Its vision is:
Children's forum
‘All children and young people, including those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, will be able to be healthy, safe and reach their potential, supported by their families and the wider community. In short, Shropshire will be a place where children and young people can flourish.’

In Shropshire the Children’s Trust has been aligned with the Health and Wellbeing Board Executive, allowing the issues relating to children to be an important part of the agreed draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy.   The Children’s Trust Executive comprising the main public sector organisations meets on a monthly basis and feeds directly into the Health and Wellbeing Board via the Health and Wellbeing Executive.  This arrangement ensures that the Health and Wellbeing Board has an appropriate focus on services for children and young people.  The Children’s Trust Executive also has a close working relationship with the Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and there has been joint sponsorship of the ‘Back to Basics’ programme with a remit to ensure a comprehensive early help offer

Children’s Trust Plan 2014

Shropshire Children’s Trust has published their ‘Children, Young People and Families Plan 2014’.

The strategy outlines the Children’s Trust’s plan for improving outcomes for children and young people. The focus is upon ensuring early intervention and delivering preventive and targeted services to meet need.

Highlights from the report:children

Outcome Areas

  1. Ensuring all children and young people are safe and well looked after in a supportive environment
  2. Narrowing the achievement gap in education and in work
  3. Ensuring the emotional wellbeing of children and young people by focussing on prevention and early intervention
  4. Keeping more children healthy and reducing health inequalities

Key Areas of Focus for the Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust is keen to focus on specific areas where it can make a real difference as a partnership group. The following are key areas to focus development:

  • Family including hidden harm
  • Transition planning and arrangements
  • Emotional/ mental health and wellbeing
  • Building Communities 

 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) conference June 2017

A multi-agency conference was held by the Children’s Trust on the 16th June 2017 in Shrewsbury.

The two key outcomes for this conference were:

  • Be clearer about what the ACE approach is and how routine enquiry can make a difference
  • Identify ways to embed the ACE approach across partner agencies in Shropshire to improve outcomes for all.

Please see the presentations below

Introduction KB

ACE presentation JRB

DW – ACEs thinking in Birmingham

Summary slides AMS & LM

Shropshire 0-25 Autism Needs Assessment published

Shropshire’s Children’s Trust has published an Autism Needs Assessment for children and young people aged 0-25 across the region.

The needs assessment was developed in collaboration between Shropshire Council, Shropshire CCG, the voluntary and community sector and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. It includes information from parents and carers, schools and providers of services. The needs assessment highlights information about prevalence, level of need and access to services.

Click here to read the full document.


Please click here to see detail of Children’s Trust Area Forums

For more detailed feedback from the event (January 2014) please click Here

MYP Consultation Feedback

Health and wellbeing of children and young people: Consultations, workshops and events:

Consultation Date Aim Key Findings More details Response
Autism Stakeholder Workshop November 2014 For professionals, parents   and carers to discuss the current autism pathway and consider where   improvements or changes could be made Presentations:Evidence and Provision for ShropshireSocial Care: Early Help, Disabled Children and All in pathwayVoluntary and Community SectorAutism Need Assessment – Shropshire Community Health TrustTransition into AdulthoodRaising a Child with Autism: What parents have told us Feedback from attendees   will be used to inform the autism needs assessment and to consider current   provision requirements. Feedback and comments from stakeholders
MYPs Our Mind Matters day October 2013 A day for young people which addressed the issue   of stress and how young people could help themselves Recommended: more work is done with CYP in   schools and youth groups on stress and useful ways of dealing with   stress or summary of day, see here Update included at November’s Children’s Trust meeting
Children’s Trust Area forums September 2013 Engage with front line managers and practitioners   in children’s services Needs to be more focus on: role of family;   transition planning and emotional wellbeing Full summary of table discussions see Safe and well looked after   Narrowing the achievement gap   Mental wellbeing Keeping children healthy Findings helping to inform refresh of the Children   & Young People’s Plan
Shropshire Young Person’s Race for life June 2013 As part of the event young people were asked   about diet and exercise What Young people said about exerciseWhat Young People said about DietYoung People thoughts wishes prayers for Cancer Feedback included in update to Nov’s Children’s   Trust meeting
Young Person’s Mental Health Day April 2013 Engagement with Health and Wellbeing Strategy   with 21 young people Main health issue identified is stress summary of day here this workshop identified opportunity for stress   awareness workshop in Oct and need to have Health & Happiness plan, see here
Mental Health Stakeholder alliance April 2013 Engage with stakeholder alliance on HWB Strategy   mental health outcome see report recommendations Full HWBB Board Report

Links to Documents:

Children, Young People & Families Plan 2014
Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board
SSCB – Back to Basics Review