Health and Wellbeing

Please note: We are currently working with our Care Leavers to review and revamp this document. We hope to launch the new version by Summer 2023

In partnership with Health colleagues, we will support and encourage you to be healthy and provide the help you need to achieve this. We will:

  • Provide a health passport prior to your 18th birthday, which is asummary of your health information and history.
  • Sign post you to sexual health services.
  • Help you to register with health services, including GP, dentist and opticians when you move home.
  • Help you to manage your emotional wellbeing with signposting to other agencies.
  • If you have significant additional needs, then we can support you to engage with our in-house Adult Servicesfor an assessment of needs beyond 18.
  • Helping you to attend hospital or doctors appointments
  • Offer a mentoring scheme, focusing on specific areas to support your well-being
  • Provide you with sanitary products to combat ‘period poverty’

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Breathing space

Breathing Space Intensive Support will be offered to young people that are currently in care and pregnant with their first child; or young people that are care leavers, who are pregnant with their first child and in need of support to help them to access parenting support, advice and guidance to be able to meet their baby’s needs.

One to one support will focus on the practical elements of parenting, the emotional needs of a baby, as well as supporting young parents to access community activities and groups to help them and their baby to develop their confidence and skills.

Your emotional health

In Staffordshire, we recognize the importance of supporting you to build your emotional resilience, before you leave care. 

There are a number of organisations across Staffordshire supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

Action for Children have been jointly commissioned by Staffordshire County Council and the Integrated Care Board to provide an emotional health & wellbeing service to children & young people across Staffordshire. This service supports children & young people with low to moderate mental health & emotional wellbeing needs such as low mood and anxiety.

The Action for Children service is accessible to care experienced young people up to the age of 25 years.

If you require more help you may need support from another service; usually referred to as CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service).

In Staffordshire there are two CAMHS providers:

The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT)

NSCHT cover Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Staffordshire Moorlands (& Stoke-on-Trent) and MPFT cover the other 6 districts:

  • Cannock (including Rugeley)
  • East Staffordshire (Burton-on-Trent, Uttoxeter etc.)
  • Lichfield (including Burntwood)
  • South Staffordshire (Kinver, Wombourne, Penkridge, Codsall etc.)
  • Stafford (including Stone, Gnosall etc.)
  • Tamworth

Your PA will be able to help you to find suitable services from community groups in your local area for mental and emotional health and support. 

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