Emotional Health and Well-Being

The Emotional Health and Well Being of children and young people is a growing concern both nationally and locally. Over the past few years Tameside Safeguarding Children Board has reviewed a number of cases where children have died partly as a result of their emotional health and well-being.

All professionals working with children and young people need to be able to recognise and respond to the early signs and indicators of a range of mental health problems. They include;

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)
  • More complex psychological difficulties

Specific e-learning modules and training is available for practitioners and is detailed below. All practitioners can refer into, or seek advice and guidance, from Healthy Young Minds. A Duty Worker is available to speak to 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday on 0161 716 3600. Referrals are screened daily via a Multi-Agency Single Point of Entry meeting who will advise the practitioner or the family on the best kind of service provision for the child. Details of how to refer and of the Healthy Young Minds Core Offer are detailed below.

Self-Harm Resources and Referral Pathway

All practitioners are strongly encouraged to read the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures manual; this contains a wealth of information around definitions of self-harm, how to support a young person who discloses or who you suspect is self-harming and conversation prompts.

Training Courses relating to youth emotional wellbeing and mental health

Keen to be a Youth Mental Health First Aider?

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind have been funded to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. This is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

You will learn how to:

  • Provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.

The Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Suicide and psychosis.
  • Self-harm and eating disorders.

Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.

The course is free for workers in the Tameside and Glossop areas and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tameside and Glossop workers as this course normally costs up to £300 per person.

If you'd like to sign up you will have to complete 5 online modules (30 mins) with www.e-lfh.org.uk before applying.

Please visit https://www.togmind.org/services/youth-mental-health-first-aid for more information on the modules and the application process.

Please note this is separate and different to TSCB course booking process.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form