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Posted: Thursday 28 September 2017

New number to help Kirklees children young people thrive


Thriving Kirklees, the new health partnership for services to support children and young people aged 0-19, can now be contacted in two simple ways. From Monday 2 October 2017, the health services involved in the Thriving Kirklees partnership can all be contacted on one telephone number - 0300 304 5555.

The Thriving Kirklees services include:

  • Health visiting
  • School nursing
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Children's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (ChEWS) - which offers short term targeted interventions to children and young people
  • Assessment and diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions (please note referrals into this service can only be made by a Speech and Language Therapist, Paediatrician, or Educational Psychologist)
  • Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities Team
  • Home Start
  • Healthy Start Vitamin Scheme
  • Safety in the Home
  • Safety Rangers

The new telephone number will also replace the ASK CAMHS telephone service, offering an enhanced service for GPs, parents and schools to refer to CAMHS and ChEWS.

A new Thriving Kirklees' website is also being set up and will be fully operational later in March at www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk - giving access to information about the Thriving Kirklees services, health advice and an online referral form open to both practitioners and the public to request support for children, young people and families - that includes young people themselves who can access help and support directly.

The Thriving Kirklees partnership was launched earlier this year and is led by Locala Community Partnerships CIC, working with South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPT), Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Home-Start Kirklees, Yorkshire Children's Centre.

Locala Interim Chief Executive, Nat McMillan, said: "The move to one number and website is being made in response to feedback from service users and professionals who had asked for a simpler routes to contact services.

"Both the telephone number and website will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ensuring people get access to the support they need as efficiently as possible, reflecting the integrated approach of the services involved.

"Thriving Kirklees means we will ensure every aspect of children and young people's health and well-being needs are addressed appropriately through a comprehensive service with all the partner organisations working much more closely together."

Thriving Kirklees began in April this year to deliver the national Integrated Healthy Child Programme in Kirklees and was commissioned by Kirklees Council, Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Director of Public Health for Kirklees, said: "Our aim is to ensure that children, young people and families receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place.

"A strong message from parents has been the need for a single point of access and a system without tiers. The evidence shows that this 'one stop shop' style approach, improves outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families."

The partnership aims to ensure that all those working with children, young people and families do so as one 'family-centred workforce', supporting one another to work in the best interests of children, young people and their families across Kirklees.

This supports Kirklees' district vision to be a great place to grow up where every child and young person:

  • is safe and loved, healthy and happy and free from harm, and
  • has the chance to make the most of their talents, skills and qualities to fulfil their potential.